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posted Friday, May 3, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 18
Bad theology no excuse for discrimination
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Bad theology no excuse for discrimination

by Charlene Strong - Special to the SGN

The lawsuit brought against the Richland florist by the Attorney General's office of Washington state is a moment when we can all sit back and see the fair and just application of the law. Her 'relationship with Jesus Christ' was the reason the shop owner gave for denial of service. But let's pause for a moment and think about that statement. What about her nine-year relationship with two men who frequented her store to buy flowers for many occasions - and, I'm guessing, for each other - during those nine years?

Many of us in the LGBT community at some point have been exposed to damaging words of discrimination based on antiquated, out-of-context scriptural passages. Preachers and their followers have used their limited understanding of the Bible as a basis to inflict damage to lives that deserve respect for their humanity. The Richland florist is lacking in her knowledge of not only the laws in this state but her understanding of biblical principles, which clearly she has interpreted in a manner that does nothing but perpetuate religious ignorance. I heard a wonderful quote that I wish I could attribute to its rightful owner: 'It is OK to have a fifth-grade understanding of the Bible, but it is not OK to inflict that lack of biblical knowledge on another.'

A TEACHABLE MOMENT
Many in the movement for marriage equality have stayed very quiet about this lawsuit. It is fair to say that this type of discrimination is rare, but its occurrence should be looked at as a time to educate. Washington stands miles ahead of many other states in having progressive laws that protect all citizens, Gay or otherwise. Anyone who walked into that store and was told 'no' based on personal feelings would be dealing with the same level of scrutiny and potential legal action. Unfortunately those who thinly veil their disdain for Gay and Lesbian couples' equality say it is a violation of their religious freedoms. It was an inaccurate statement during Referendum 71 and 74, and again it fails to hold up to the laws of our state.

I am deeply proud of the work we have accomplished in Washington state and always mindful of what is still to be done to see full and inclusive equality in our nation. I often say when I am speaking publicly, 'My story is not about just one person - I tell my story as a community of many who share my desire for equality.' As a community we need to tell our stories to educate, legislate, and secure equality for all.

Charlene Strong, an advocate for social justice and marriage equality, is a member of the Washington State Human Rights Commission. She writes this article as a private citizen.

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