And here's Wharton's pitiful (in my opinion) response:
"Given the events that transpired today in the Personnel, Intergovernmental & Annexation Committee of the Memphis City Council, it is necessary to clarify my position on their proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Allow me to be clear: throughout my career in public service, most recently as Shelby County Mayor when this same issue was under discussion by the County Commission, I have stated that I believe governments should focus on merit and merit alone in their hiring and purchasing policies. My vision is for Memphis to be a city of choice for all people. Our city's success will require all individuals, regardless of their differences, to work together toward a shared prosperous future.
Over the past several weeks, I have watched with great interest to see what direction the City Council will take. This discussion originated with them and will conclude with them. I will abide by my duty to support whatever actions they take. My hope is that they proceed in a way that aligns with our values of inclusiveness and non-discrimination.
My beliefs or views on the subject have been clear and consistent throughout my entire life. I will not permit them to be mischaracterized by any group, individual, or elected body who seek a convenient excuse to avoid the issue now that it is at hand."
Well, CHG, that's a very interesting point, but it also has nothing to do with this article, so let's just agree that you're not particularly adept at relevant comment making.
This article is about whether or not companies treat the GLBT community fairly. This information is valuable to those of us who would wish to respond to companies who do not respond to our community in a positive or fair way by withdrawing our business or employment with those entities - actions which are also protected under our constitution.
By Joe Boone
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