I thought that Asheville was a progressive city where every citizen would enjoy the same benefit(s) and that your homosexual community was accepted as equal in citizenry. It now appears that I was wrong.
I live in the heart of bigot country (Columbia, S.C.), and yet our City of Columbia leaders have had in place for some time benefits for all city employees regardless of sex, race, religion, etc., which covers same-sex couples.
For our forthcoming election for a new mayor, several candidates have offered by personal statement how they will continue these policies and do more to make sure that our city-dwelling citizens who are homosexual are further protected.
I sincerely hope that the citizens of Asheville will see fit to continue to elect representatives for their city who will not discriminate!
These preachers say they oppose a "radical homosexual agenda," when most people in Asheville see nothing radical about allowing all taxpaying American citizens to enjoy the same benefits provided to all other citizens. To state that this is not a civil rights issue is a lie!
These preachers and their churches enjoy tax-free status and therefore should have absolutely no say in how the city of Asheville spends its tax money! American taxpaying citizens who are born homosexual are being taken advantage of and "forced" to pay taxes for services and benefits for others while they themselves are being told they cannot enjoy the same benefit.
These preachers are abhorrent and do not follow the teachings of their own Biblical spiritual leader. … I urge the city of Asheville to remove their tax-free status.
— John B. Copeland
Columbia, S. C.