Perry's Statement an Affront to Human Dignity

RECEIVED Tue., June 21, 2005

Dear Editor,
    As a child of the military and an American, I am embarrassed to be a resident of Texas today. Gov. Rick Perry's recent suggestion that gay veterans should leave the state of Texas is some of the most hateful and inappropriate rhetoric I have ever heard from a Texas politician [“Quote of the Week,” News, June 10]. He should apologize and resign from office.
    There are more than 66,000 gay and lesbian veterans living in Texas, according to service members Legal Defense Network. These people protect and defend our nation with integrity and honor, despite a growing a lack of human rights in the state of Texas. These veterans deserve our respect and gratitude, not a callous suggestion to leave their homes.
    Texas is better off with diversity, not bigotry. Close-mindedness and hate are not values that represent the majority of Texans.
    Gov. Rick Perry is an affront to human dignity and should not be allowed to remain in office.
Ken Seifert
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