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Kern urges support of traditional values

By Tim Talley Modified: May 14, 2008 at 9:44 pm •  Published: May 14, 2008
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> "There should not be discrimination of anyone. I'm not for discrimination," Kern said. But the attempt to mobilize people on behalf of gays and lesbians is evidence of an organized effort by what Kern described as "radical homosexual rights groups."

"There's an agenda," she said. "We cannot afford to ignore these activities or we will soon see the regulatory power of the state turned against people of faith."

Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs for Lambda Legal, said if Kern does not oppose the goals of Lambda Legal's pledge, then she should sign it.

"If she's supportive of that, I think that's great," Vargas said. "Most Americans think that people should be judged on the quality of their work, not on anything else."

She said Lambda Legal is working to enact federal laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender identity. The group also is working to win passage of similar laws at the state level, according to Kern.

"Lambda Legal makes clear that they will use harassment lawsuits and intrusive regulations to punish people who do not agree with their agenda or the lifestyle of their members," Kern said. "If Oklahomans fail to oppose this agenda, they will grant control of their businesses and schools to radical, out-of-state groups."

Vargas said Lambda Legal is a civil rights organization that works on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gays and people with HIV in court and through education and helps individuals advance their rights by providing legal information about federal laws and the laws in their state.

He said a Gallup Poll conducted one year ago found that the vast majority of Americans, 89 percent, believe gays and lesbians should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities.

"I don't think that's a radical position," Vargas said.

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