Oklahoma City Council member David Greenwell said this week that he opposed housing protections for LGBT people because a Christian couple could be forced to rent their garage apartment to gay men.
On Tuesday, the council debated adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an ordinance that already prevented discrimination in the house sector based on age, familial status, disability, race, color, sex, religion, creed, ancestry or national origin.
Citing his Christian faith, Councilman Larry McAtee called the amendment “a step in the wrong direction.”
Greenwell agreed, noting that it would force Christians to rent out “a spare room over their garage” to LGBT people even if they did not want to “condone that kind of lifestyle.”
“[They] would prefer not to rent out to people of the LGBT community,” he explained. “We’re taking that person’s right away, I believe, with this ordinance. And that part disturbs me, to take that person’s ability to rent out a spare room in that kind of a situation.”
“Just like I believe and I wouldn’t want to condone my children, for example, to live together outside of marriage,” Greenwell continued. “Now, I may be considered old fashioned in that regard, but I don’t think it’s right.”
Vice Mayor Pete White argued that the Christian couple “wouldn’t be effected one way or another by having someone live in their garage apartment.”
“If it challenges their religious beliefs, they need to work on their marriage,” he quipped. “It’s not something that challenges your belief. It’s just preventing you from discriminating against somebody else.”
Although opponents pushed to delay the vote so the issue could be studied, the council eventually passed the amendment 5-4 during the Tuesday session.
Watch the video below from the Oklahoma City Council.
Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’
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“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”
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"I mean, if he won't leave, I guess if he's willing to do chores, we can work something out," the candidate said to laughter and cheers.
Buttigieg argued that the best way to prevent Trump from "cheating" is to win by a significant margin.
"At the end of the day, there's only one president," he explained. "This is one of the reason we not just eke out a win, not just club everybody over the head and hope that we get to 51% and our Twitter followers outnumber your Twitter followers and we somehow piece together a squeaker."