Local Group Explains Renewed Opposition to Non-discrimination Ordinance

Stand Up Pocatello opposed Pocatello's recently passed non-discrimination ordinance saying it infringed on rights and wasn't necessary. The group has renewed that opposition by giving Pocatello voters the final say on the controversial ordinance.

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Sammy - 12/13/2013 12:55 PM
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Discrimination is discrimination, Stand Up Poc exists only to support discrimination.

Stand Up Poc - 11/2/2013 4:31 PM
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Stand Up Pocatello Correction: Our statement to KPVI incorrectly referred to one of the business owners as "Arlene." The owner's name is Barronelle Stutzman of "Arlene's Flowers" in Richland, WA.

Stand Up Poc - 11/2/2013 4:18 PM
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Do you think you know everything there is to know about this issue? It isn't likely. A large majority of our public does not. If you’re willing to dig deeper, you will learn that most of the people who oppose this Ordinance are opposed to what you and I think is blatant discrimination; the refusal to hire, provide housing, etc. So, who are these women mentioned in this statement? These are business owners who DO NOT discriminate against the LGBT community. For example, there's Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, WA. “This case illustrates the difference between discriminating based on sexual preference and making decisions based on your beliefs about marriage. A policy refusing to serve gay people under any circumstances would be discrimination based on sexual preference. That would also be like segregated lunch counters. In this case, however, Arlene’s Flowers had no such policy refusing to do business with gay people. In fact, they have employed gay people and had happily and knowingly served gay people for years without any claim of discrimination or hostility. However, this particular event was something they did not want to lend their artistic, professional services to because of their beliefs about what marriage is. You cannot have a policy refusing service to all Mexicans or Japanese people, but you cannot be compelled to do something you don’t wish to do simply because the person asking is Mexican or Japanese.” http://www.fpiw.org/get-involved/team-arlenes.html There's a big difference between refusing service to the LGBT as a policy and simply declining to facilitate something that violates your beliefs or conscience. Please educate yourself by digging deeper. Visit Stand Up Pocatello’s facebook page to learn more about these cases and related issues and do your own homework.
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