Appalled by Ogden’s and Mumpower’s take on homosexuality

It's difficult to determine in the Feb 17 issue of Mountain Xpress whose comments were more appalling: Rev. Keith A. Ogden's or Carl Mumpower's.

Rev. Ogden is spouting medieval ideas that homosexuality is a choice and that people wanting employee benefits should marry someone of the opposite sex. Let me ask you, Rev. Ogden, if you had a daughter, would you be pleased to have her marry a gay man just so one or the other could have employee benefits? I can't imagine a more inappropriate idea for your daughter and her gay husband.

Carl Mumpower suggests that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is trying to "lean on the Asheville taxpayers for their survival by seducing public dollars." Let me ask you, Mr. Mumpower, do not LGBTs also pay taxes and contribute to those public dollars? Do you not believe in equal pay for equal work? Or should LGBTs continue to be treated as second-class citizens?

Mr. Mumpower, you lament that our culture is not having an honest dialogue on heterosexuality vs. homosexuality. With attitudes such as yours, there is no honest dialogue conceivable.

— Mary Reed

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4 thoughts on “Appalled by Ogden’s and Mumpower’s take on homosexuality

  1. Alan

    economic conservatives need to back an end to all family benefits which would save big tax money immediately, be just as fair to gays, and end pay discrimination against single and childless workers as well. But Bravo Mary and Kudos an a good letter.
    Same sex domestic partner benefits is sure to make Asheville many millions on gay tourism, just not in the first year. As soon as the proportion of gay employees, tourists or residents increases, the city will save boatloads on childcare and child health costs either way.

  2. Dirk Diggler

    How about NO ‘benefits’ for ALL employees? Adjust their pay accordingly and let THEM provide their OWN ‘benefits’ or give them a menu to pick from if they wish to PURCHASE said ‘benefits’!
    Problemo solved! We must STOP spending taxpayer money on frivolities! ENOUGH!

  3. Alan Ditmore

    Finally a principled economic conservative willing to back de facto gay equality! Kudos Dirk.

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