|November 15, 2006
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While city councils are being subject to hearing resolutions from private think tanks on “natural” families, Salt Lake City’s new domestic partners benefit plan has attracted more than two dozen employees to enroll in the program.
Despite the efforts of some folks who are suing Mayor Rocky Anderson over the legality of this plan, the mayor’s administration is pushing the plan forward to offer these benefits.
Kudos to this administration for speaking out and standing up for “family” benefits for all who declare for themselves what their “natural” family is.
Today’s Salt Lake Tribune has an article on a proposed resolution by the conservative Sutherland Institute urging mayors and councils to declare the “natural” family as the fundamental unit of society.
Here is what is in the resolution presented to by Paul T. Mero, President of the institute:
The document calls for cities to “envision a local culture” that:
“Upholds the marriage of a woman to a man, and a man to a woman, as ordained of God.”
“Celebrates the marital sexual union as the unique source of new human life.”
“See[s] our homes as open to a full quiver of children.”
“Envisions young women growing into wives, homemakers and mothers;
and . . . young men growing into husbands, home builders and fathers.”
I would like to know who exactly defined what a “natural” family is. Hmmm….could it be the heterosexual men who wrote the christian bible, have been at the helm of all empires, and have served in dictatorships in nations and cultures since the beginning of human existence?
This resolution clearly violates the rights of all people regardless of their view of a “natural” family. It is a slap in the face to women, gays, and people who practice religions other than Christianity. Additionally, in my opinion, it is a resolution designed by a right-wing organization to merge policy making with certain religious values.
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