Sally Kern Meets PFLAG, Comes out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern met with representatives from the Oklahoma City chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The group reports that Kern did not issue an apology for her remarks that homosexuality is a greater threat to the United States than terrorism, nor was she asked for one.

KernVia PFLAG: “Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, president of the Oklahoma City PFLAG chapter, was joined in the meeting by Dr. Rev. Kathy McCallie, pastor of the Church of the Open Arms and Rev. Jim Shields, a retired UnitedMethodistChurch minister from Kern’s district. The group requested a meeting with Kern following a March 18 rally at the state capitol. In her meeting with PFLAG supporters today, Kern said that ‘I agree with’ the idea that gay and lesbian Americans should not be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation. ‘We appreciate Representative Kern taking the time to meet with us and consider an important, ongoing dialogue about our families and loved ones,’ said Rev. Newton-Edwards. ‘Representative Kern expressed a commendable desire to consider every family, every Oklahoman and every constituent. Today, she took an important first step forward that, we hope, will be the beginning of many conversations with our families and our community.'”

Said Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG: “As Representative Kern begins to listen to voices from across her district, and the state, she will hear the stories of hard-working, patriotic men and women who make our communities better, our nation safer and our families stronger. We appreciate this initial meeting, and PFLAG stands ready to be a resource to Kern and a champion for her constituents. We look forward to continuing today’s conversation and working with Kern to move equality forward. Bringing communities together, rather than dividing the public with inflammatory words, should be a top priority of every elected leader. Kern will always find open arms and welcoming families at PFLAG.”

On Thursday evening, Kern was the guest speaker for the UCO’s College Republicans. The Oklahoman reports: “Kern spent much of her speech explaining why she thought Christianity plays an important role in American government before turning her attention to her previous comments and taking questions from the audience. Most of the questions came from people who disagreed with Kern’s views.”

At one point, she said, “If I knew it was being recorded, I’d still say the same thing. I will not back down from what I believe the Bible teaches.”

Rep. Sally Kern is not asked to quit [the oklahoman]
Kern says she wouldn’t change a thing [the oklahoman]
Oklahoma City PFLAG Supporters Meet with Sally Kern [pflag]

Comments

  1. Darren says

    Heh, I still haven’t found that verse in the Bible that says “yea, all sodomites are worse than those who would terrorize.” Must be in there somewhere.. *rolling my eyes heavenward, asking God to save me from his followers*

  2. daveynyc says

    Everytime I read something about this woman my blood starts to boil. Not since Deborah Norville’s piece on “The Swimsuit Model and Housewife Change Places for a Day” have I felt emotions like this.

  3. Chris says

    So she won’t back down from her statements, says she’d make them again, yet all she has to do is say something like “gay people shouldn’t be fired” and OKC P-FLAG has positive things to say??

    Wow, we really *will* take any port in a storm, won’t we? Fuck that.

  4. rascal says

    PFLAG is wise to take the high road. It’s the only one that really works.

    The Bible is not the source of people’s bigotry, it’s the justification for it. Any rational and thoughtful reading of the book would result in virtually the opposite of bigoted views.

    I’ve always believed in Joseph Campbell’s critique of fundamentalism, which is that a literal reading of spiritual text undermines the very real opportunity it holds for spiritual enlightenment. The notion of reducing the Bible to an historical document is to minimize its power.

  5. paul says

    I would love to understand how these people think that Christianity plays a role in government, I thought we were a democracy and there is such a thing as seperation of Church and State. I was forced to study the constitution in school…what is wrong with this stupid bitch?

  6. Ted says

    I think they should dump the bitch.

    There’s a time to take the high road, but I don’t think this is it. She still believes what she said and she’ll never change her mind. PFLAG wake up.

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