Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

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STEVE SNODGRASS
  • Steve Snodgrass
A quarter-page ad placed in the Gazette on April 19 from a Colorado Springs pastor calling on people to not be welcoming to LGBT citizens sparked a wave of opposition, and another Gazette ad on Sunday.

The ad said, in part, "All of us should strive to live in a city where everyone, regardless of who they are, wants to live and raise a family. ...We believe we are called to respect the fundamental human dignity of all people, and to treat others as we want to be treated. ... Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. When it comes to earning a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated fairly and equally under the laws of our state and our city."

The ad carried the names of nearly 200 supporters, including mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace. Also signing it were Councilors Larry Bagley, Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray, Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado Springs Young Professionals and a bunch of pastors.

Mayoral candidate John Suthers did not sign it, though he was given the chance, according to Carolyn Cathey, who sent us this email when we raised the question:
I called Daniel Cole [El Paso County Republican party executive director], and he said he couldnt sign, but would ask Jeff Hays [county GOP chairman]. I told Daniel I would re-write the message, using words he liked, no trigger words, no specific LGBT mention. They turned down the invitation.

John Suthers was called directly, and his office was emailed the benign wording. The invitation was declined, I guess...we never heard back from him or his office.
So...One Colorado spruced of the message for the ad and was more specific toward LGBT. Blog away...they used their own rope on this one...
Here's what One Colorado had to say about the situation:
Thanks to your support, we were able to come together with pro-equality community and faith leaders to respond to a mean-spirited ad placed in the Gazette by a Colorado Springs pastor. His ad called on people to be unwelcoming of their LGBT neighbors.

We didn't stand for this attack on LGBT Coloradans and their families, and because of you, we were able to send a strong message against discrimination in Colorado Springs.

The work we do puts us on the right side of history. Thank you for being there with us.

Onward,
Don DeAngelis
Southern Colorado Organizer
One Colorado

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