Gordon Smith is a champion of equal rights

I am supporting Gordon Smith for re-election to Asheville City Council because he has been a true champion for the equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens of this city.

Smith championed same-sex domestic partner benefits and an employment nondiscrimination policy for our city employees. Because of these policy changes every employee of the city knows that their family matters and will be protected.

We live in a state climate that tells its LGBT citizens that they are second-class. In Asheville we have a leader in Smith that tells us a different story — one that says our families, our relationships and our lives are equal.

To the LGBT and ally communities in Asheville, I hope you will join me in voting for Smith for another term on Asheville City Council. He has stood up for us, now lets stand up for him.

— Lindsey Simerly

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