When Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley) made ugly and divisive comments about gay people from the floor of the Senate on Feb. 23, GLAAD issued a Call to Action urging Coloradans to write to their local papers about the incident.
Renfroe said, “homosexuality is seen as a violation of this natural creative order, and it is an offense to God." He continued ". . . When we create laws that go against what biblically we are supposed to stand for, I think we are allowing to go forward a sin that should not be treated by government as something that is legal. We are taking sins and making them legally OK." The full report on state Sen. Renfroe's anti-gay comments is available online at The Denver Post.
The Greeley Tribune received such an overwhelming number of letters from concerned readers that the paper decided to dedicate an entire page to readers’ views on the issue (click on the image at right to read the letters). They published an op-ed to accompany the letters, which can also be found here.
Thanks to the willingness of community members to write in to make their views heard, due in part to GLAAD’s Call to Action, a healthy and constructive conversation is happening in local media outlets in Colorado about Renfroe's remarks – and how best to address LGBT issues.