Oklahoma City Council Votes 7-2 to Add Sexual Orientation to Anti-Discrimination Statutes

Oklahoma City's City Council has voted 7-2 in favor of extending employment discrimination protections in city offices to gay and lesbian employees. The measure was introduced by Councilman Ed Shadid, The Oklahoman reports:

ShadidThe measure adds “sexual orientation” to the list of protected equal employment opportunity classes. Gay employees and job applicants already had de facto protection from employment discrimination, city staff said.

In advocating for his measure, Shadid said his instinct as a businessman is to provide protection to everyone. He also said Scripture is too unclear and subjective to sway him. Shadid likened employment discrimination against gay people to efforts by Adolf Hitler to single out groups for discrimination in Nazi Germany.

There were many speakers who came out against approving it, including one pastor who made this claim:

Tom Vineyard, pastor at Windsor Hills Baptist Church, said half of all murders in large cities are committed by gay people.


  1. Caliban says

    “Tom Vineyard, pastor at Windsor Hills Baptist Church, said half of all murders in large cities are committed by gay people.”

    OK, that’s so nutty and ludicrous it’s almost funny. Talk about pulling something straight out of your @$$!

    Even the bats**t loons at the AFA, FRC, CWA and associated Christian Right nutball groups haven’t claimed that and they’ll say ANYTHING!

  2. Scott J. Hamilton says

    Actually, his other “statistics” were even more alarming. This idiot makes Sally Kern (she of “homosexuals are a greater risk to America than terrorists” fame) look like a poised statesman. It’s a real shame that the world sees people like this as representative of Oklahoma.

  3. Regan DuCasse says

    Well, I guess I am surprised this passed in OKC. But perhaps the testimonies from gay friendly supporters (that came from family and friends) inevitably sounded FAR more credible than what came from Pastor Vineyard.
    I bet someone could call up the local police and verify how many violent crimes were committed by gay people. The OKC bombing tragedy wasn’t committed by five gay people.

    So it looks like common sense actually prevailed this time. And the sad thing is, is that it’s a shock that it did.

  4. sjames says

    Soutehrn baptists types – this guy is an example.

    their worst nightmares coming true – a black president and gay marriage.

    Amd I’ve seen them in action. they are as proud as hitler was of their work.

    Mankind will be free when the last repub king (the 1%ers is strangled with the guts of the priests ( and ministers)

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