In the not too distant past, it was a fundamental truth that races should not mix. Eventually, people of different races could marry, without fear of repercussion, and receive the same benefits as their same-race counterparts.
The very same battle has continued for years within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. The very community that Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan highly courted in his bid for the at-large council seat.
This is an age in which discrimination is no longer tolerated. And thank God. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people love no differently than anyone else. They are business and community leaders. They attend church and pay taxes. They adopt children deemed un-adoptable and create loving, nurturing homes. They deserve the very same benefits inherently afforded others.
Mr. Runyan’s view on morality is his own. It’s not mine.
Therefore, I will no longer support him in his position as at-large councilman.
History will not be kind to Mr. Runyan, just as it has not been kind to those bigoted lawmakers and officials of the past.
This will be his legacy, and I wish him the best.