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Norman City Council members express views about gay, lesbian proclamation

City council members deluged this week with opposition to a proclamation designating October as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History Month express their views about it.

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Published: September 30, 2010
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NORMAN — City council members say they were deluged this week with e-mails and phone calls from constituents opposed to a proclamation designating October as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History Month.
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At a glance
Residents speak about gay, lesbian proclamation

"What gives the gays special treatment that they get a month named for them? They want to be treated special.”

Dave Spaulding, Norman resident

"This is simply a feel-good measure. It is a case of a small minority hijacking the majority.”

Gary Cooper, Norman resident

"I've heard of many accounts of discrimination. Members of the gay community are frequently harassed and verbally abused. This proclamation is to help people understand what they and their family members face.”

Kay Ham, President of Parents and Friends

of Lesbians and Gays Norman

"As a Norman High School student, I am persecuted every day for being a Christian. I love everyone, but I support a God who does not believe homosexuality is OK.”

Allison Robbins, Norman resident

"The one group that has provided evidence of discrimination to us at every meeting is the gay community.”

Lisa Schmidt,

Norman Human Rights Commission member

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