Editor:

As a person of faith, a fifth-generation Wyomingite, and a resident of Casper for over ten years, I support the Resolution that would add the terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the existing city non-discrimination policy.

If Casper (and Wyoming) truly wants to diversify and encourage new business, technology and tourism, we must show that all are welcome here and their rights will be protected. Other places are changing rapidly, and it's paying off. Inclusion is good business!

But beyond that, doesn't our Constitution clearly speak for equality regardless of our personal opinions? It's true that our founders did not eliminate slavery early on, but it was corrected later, even though its elimination was still controversial and the quest for equality is far from over. Similarly, despite controversy on LGBTQ rights, now is the time to step forward and work vigorously toward laws that ensure equality for all, and this Resolution is a sensible first step. Please do the right thing now.

Sincerely,

DEBRA PARK, Casper

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