In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality last month, city council members in Pasco, WA are considering a resolution proposed by Councilman Bob Hoffman that would enable business owners in the city to use their religion as a weapon against others.
The resolution mirrors that of one put forth by Councilman John Trumbo in the neighboring city of Kennewick one month ago. The “Resolution affirming Freedom of Conscience” is based on one drafted by the Family Policy Institute of Washington, the organization backing the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, Barronelle Stutzman, who lost in court when a judge determined she had violated Washington’s consumer protections laws when she refused to sell flowers for the wedding of Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll.
Speaking about “businesses in our community [being] forced by the attorney general to have compelled artistic expressions” Councilman Hoffman said, “I think the consensus of our community, if you talk to a bunch of people and the votes in our area, is that this is not something we want and this is simply expressing the region’s take on this issue, and I think it’s important to make a public statement to that effect.”
We encourage any who live in the Tri-City area and beyond to take a few minutes of their time to call the city council members to let them know that there are, in fact, many of their constituents who do NOT share their divisive views. You can also send each of them a message via the web forms available by clicking on each of their names at http://www.pasco-wa.gov/122/City-Council. Each council members’ mailing addresses are also available via that link should you wish to write a letter.
There should be no special accommodations for the religious when it infringes on the rights of others!
The council members are:
Mayor Matt Watkins (509) 416-6696
Mayor Pro-Tem Rebecca Francik (509) 545-6134
Councilmember Al Yenney (509) 547-8021
Councilmember Mike Garrison (509) 545-3404
Councilmember Bob Hoffmann (509) 547-7373
Councilmember Saul Martinez (509) 547-7285
Councilmember Tom Larsen (509) 545-9916