Lynn Luker – Discriminating More than Just Gays

Meet Lynn Luker, he is the state representative for District 15 in the State of Idaho. He has been making waves lately with a bill proposal he is trying to […]

Meet Lynn Luker, he is the state representative for District 15 in the State of Idaho. He has been making waves lately with a bill proposal he is trying to push through the legislature. Read about it on the Idaho Statesman. I have thought and pondered this bill and I feel the need to address it. The following is an open letter to Rep. Lynn Luker.

Rep. Luker,

I have read about bill HB 426 that you have introduced to the Idaho Legislature. I cannot even begin to express my disgust with this bill. I understand that you are opposed to equal marriage rights for all. I understand that you believe homosexuality is a sin and therefore you believe that everyone should believe in your faith-based ideologies.

Ironically enough, you would not extend the same rights to people of other faiths. If there were a member of the Idaho Legislature that were Muslim or Hindu and they tried to outlaw pork or beef, you would claim that they were infringing upon your rights. You would claim they are being anti-American and threatening the rights of this state. However you do not seem to have an issue with your faith being used to hurt hard-working Idahoans. While you are trying to deny the rights of a few homosexuals that want simple rights like the right to work, the right to have healthcare, the right to marry because you believe those rights might undo our country, you ignore issues like underfunded schools.

But your bill does more than hurt my homosexual brothers and sisters,  you hurt “regular” people in Idaho. I say “regular” because that is how you probably understand them. You see there are people who have religious beliefs that co-habitation before marriage is an abomination. Using your bill, people cohabiting outside of marriage could be denied health care or an education. Your bill strips individuals of rights. While you will argue that you should be able to deny service to people who are outside of religious beliefs, you are blind to your denial of services to people full stop.

You, of all people, should be sensitive to religious intolerance. I am assuming you have paid attention to the history of your faith. You see the LDS faith has been victims of discrimination for centuries. But perhaps you are unaware of some of the history, so I will use this opportunity to educate you (and your friends that you may be sharing this with). In 1838 the Missouri Executive Order 44 was issued. To summarize – Mormon’s were enemies of the state and could be executed. Hence the name by which the LDS church refers to it, “Mormon Extermination Order”. The persecution of Mormons in the 1840s in Illinois. LDS leaders proposed the formation of the state of Deseret in what is now Utah, Nevada, part of California, part of Idaho, and part of Arizona; but the federal government said no, because they didn’t trust the church. Coming from a church that has a long history of oppression, you think you would be sympathetic towards homosexuals. But you are not.

I am hoping that you will withdraw your bill today. But I doubt you will. So I will take this opportunity to warn you, by passing this law, you are opening the door for future elected officials to put things in place to oppress you. Or someone could deny service to you because they believe that the LDS church is a “false church” and therefore will not lose your license. It is time to open your eyes and broaden your horizons. Contrary to your belief, homosexuals will not destroy the fabric of our society. As a heterosexual who has known homosexuals for over 30 years, I have not been destroyed, instead I have benefited through these relationships. Less begin creating a world with less hate.


Chris Wagener

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