I want to go on record concerning the recent radio ad by the American Family Association. I repudiate this message and I strongly condemn the American Family Association for this campaign ad. The AFA is to be condemned in general for this type of shameful tactic and in particular for this ad. The ad is misleading and appeals to the base instincts of intolerance and bigotry.
The ad references an amendment to the Metro Antidiscrimination Ordinance as promoting the gay rights agenda. The only agenda that ordinance promoted was the human agenda - the desire of all people to not be discriminated against. All that ordinance said was that an employee with a good work record should not be able to be told one day he or she is being fired exclusively for their sexual orientation anymore than for their race, sex, age, or religion. The ordinance no more promoted the gay rights agenda than it promoted the agenda of any other group that wants to not be discriminated against. I am fiercely opposed to any form of discrimination against any group and I was proud to vote for that amendment.
It is not just the right thing to do, it is vitally important for this city to be progressive and welcome all groups here if we are to have the strongest economy and city we can have. I commend Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine for going on record with his concerns about this ad. Republican candidate Matt Kelty should also condemn the message of this ad and the AFA for running it unless he agrees with the message. This is the most reprehensible campaign ad I have ever encountered in this area, and I think it is important for candidates to repudiate it.
Kudos to Crawford for publicly condemning this ad and the AFA. Meanwhile the AFA is now going after Steve Shine.