Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan’s Nov. 23 guest column (“Why I cannot support redefining marriage”) is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to whitewash his own bigotry. Mr. Runyan claims that supporting marriage benefits to same-sex partners of city employees is “moral relativism” and contributes “to the unraveling of the societal foundations we all depend on.” Nothing could be more misguided and wrong.
Support for same-sex partners is rooted in a simple principle: equality. The moral and legal principle of equality is written in both the U.S. Constitution and our state constitution. Same-sex partners seek nothing more than to be treated equally and to be afforded the same benefits that other couples already are afforded.
If there is any “moral relativism” in the situation, it is from Mr. Runyan himself. The simple fact is that when it was politically expedient, Mr. Runyan sought and received support from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In addition, he actively used his position of authority as a council member to solicit business as a financial planner, including business from this community.
Those of us who supported Mr. Runyan in his last political campaign will not be fooled again by this opportunistic political charlatan.
Robert D. Dodson