Regarding U.S. Rep Steve Scalise saying he “rejects bigotry in all forms”:

It’s good to hear that Rep. Scalise has embraced diversity and inclusion. In 2004, when he sponsored the constitutional amendment enshrining discrimination against the LGBT community by banning same-sex marriage, civil unions or anything that purports to give benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, he did not appear so inclusive but encouraged separate and unequal treatment. It was painful for any gay person within earshot, such as I.

If Scalise wishes to demonstrate to the gay community that he, indeed, has rejected bigotry in all forms, he could co-author the bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that repeals the remaining portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that allows states to single out gay couples legally married in other states for nonrecognition and join the effort to provide employment, housing and public accommodations to the LGBT community.

To quote John Locke, “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

Until Scalise embraces the up to 300,000 to 400,000 LGBT citizens of Louisiana by demonstrating his inclusiveness, he cannot say with truthfulness that he “rejects bigotry in all forms.”

John Hill

former chairman, Louisiana Forum for Equality

New Orleans