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11/20/2007

City that sounds like male-male couple moves to protect same

by Jeremy Hooper

SdaleScottsdale, AZ, has taken another step towards protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. In a unanimous vote, the city's Personnel Board has chosen to recommend that the city take a step towards the non-discriminatory:

Board recommends extending protection to gay, transgender people [AP via KVOA]

The area's City Council will vote in early December on whether they'll actually take on the protections, or if they'll instead make the wrong decision. It seems to us like a no-brainer. But then again, so does the idea that businesses might want to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" in order to not alienate anyone. Sometimes, however, these "no-brainers" have a weird way of turning into controversies with those population sects who've seemingly declared war on common sense.

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A private business should be able to use ANY GREETING the owners wish to use. If you don't like it, shop elsewhere.

And please note, the holiday actually is called CHRISTMAS.

Posted by: Double T | Nov 20, 2007 1:01:43 PM

Exactly, Double T. You have the freedom to use any greeting (including "Happy Holidays") But virtually nobody has any problem with those businesses who choose to say "Merry Xmas." It's the "Merry Xmas" crowd that has a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE problem with those who choose to say "Happy Holidays."

And please note -- the holiday season is not wholly about Christmas! Unless, of course, your spectrum of the world only includes Christians.

::sigh:: And here we thought we had a few more days before War on Christmas season started.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 20, 2007 1:11:36 PM

I always love/hate this time of year. Although I understand why the "no-brainer" was used as an example, it really is in a totally different spectrum than an LGBT issue. No one should be required to use "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas" in order to keep people from feeling left out. Who cares? Like the other post said, go shop someplace else. However, to be denied employment or equal benefits based on your sexual preference or orientation is wrong. That's all there is to it.

Posted by: joegrille | Nov 20, 2007 2:25:06 PM

JoeGrille: It was just used as an aside. But since this apparently is the topic up for discussion: No, OF COURSE nobody should be required to use any specific terms. And phrasing it in this way muddies the waters of the whole "War on Xmas" debate that takes place every year. BecasuetThe issue arises solely because social conservatives revolt and boycott when businesses use "Happy Holidays." Virtually nobody on the other side revolts simply because businesses choose to use "Merry Christmas." Nobody cares! If it weren;t for the protestations against "Happy Holidays," this would be a non-discussion.

We were just saying that we understand why some businesses would choose to use terms other than "Merry Xmas" so as not to speak to one specific holiday but rather the season in whole. And we, as ones who celebrate both Xmas and Hanukkah, see that choice as a "no-brainer."

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 20, 2007 2:35:24 PM

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