Saturday, July 26, 2014

168.3 - Hero Award: Salem, MA, Mayor Kimberly Driscoll

Hero Award: Salem, MA, Mayor Kimberly Driscoll

From there we can slide over easily into one of our occasional features, the hero award, given as the occasion arises to someone who just does the right thing.

On July 1, Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College in Salem, MA, signed a letter sent to President Barack Obama by several religious colleges, demanding an exemption from federal regulations that outlaw antigay discrimination.

In response, Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll terminated Gordon College’s contract to operate the city’s Old Town Hall. In a letter to Lindsay posted on the city's website, Driscoll made it clear that the college's demand to be allowed to discriminate was the reason for the termination, writing that
"I am truly disappointed in the stance you have taken, which plainly discriminates against the rights of LGBT individuals, both on and off campus. These actions fly in the face of the City of Salem’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which prohibits our municipality from contracting with entities that maintain discriminatory practices."
Kimberly Driscoll, given that law it may have seemed like an easy call, but I don't care: You're still a hero.

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