Whatever reason the Sioux Falls City Council had for pulling its proposed LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances from consideration this week, ACLU-SD’s policy director Libby Skarin isn’t buying it:
During a week when anti-LGBT rhetoric manifested into literal violence in Orlando, a month in which we celebrate LGBT Pride, and a year in which we’ve seen over 200 anti-LGBT bills introduced nationwide, the City Council had the chance to stand against hatred and act bravely to affirm the legal rights and human dignity of this community.
Instead, they retreated [Libby Skarin, “A Time for Bravery and Openness in Sioux Falls,” American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, 2016.06.17].
Skarin calls for action, or at least explanation, and not silence:
…At this crucial time for the LGBT community, such silence is deafening. To introduce the hope of something resembling legal equality and to then snuff out that hope in the face opposition with no explanation is the opposite of bravery. It’s the opposite of open government. It breeds disappointment, distrust, and suspicion. LGBT community members and Sioux Falls residents deserve an explanation as to why this happened [Skarin, 2016.06.17].
Sioux Falls, don’t wait for Marty Jackley to tell you what to do. Show some leadership, and show that you support equality for all of your residents.