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September 30, 2010

Proclamation support depends on perspective

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NORMAN —

Jackson said even though she’s seen discrimination in the city, she still “loves Norman” and believes it to be a good place to raise a family.

“If you come from hardships and things that I’ve seen in Los Angeles, California, (then) you’d be very blessed to get here,” she said. “Yes, there’s some bigotry, yes there’s some prejudice, and yes all of that needs to be addressed, but one of the things I’m opposed to is putting (GLBT issues) in the same category as civil rights.”

Jackson also said she didn’t see the need to “exalt” a segment of society based on their sexual orientation.

“For someone to be exalted because of what they choose to do in the privacy of their own bedroom is wrong,” she said. “Unless you tell me what you’re doing in your bedroom, I’m not going to know.”

Jack Dawson, who called himself a “conservative first, Republican second,” didn’t necessarily fit the mold of the typical supporter. He said he looks forward to the day Sarah Palin is sworn in as president.

But Dawson said he couldn’t let his politics cloud his judgment on the proclamation. He said he had listened to numerous arguments against the proposition, but still wasn’t convinced the proclamation shouldn’t be made.

“I just think most of the arguments against it are misguided, misinformed,” Dawson said, referring to repeated claims from the audience that members of the GLBT community were simply choosing a lifestyle. “I believe with all my heart that there is nothing voluntary about whether you are a homosexual or not.”

Dawson said his ex-wife is a lesbian and that living with her for 10 years convinced him that homosexuals are born the way they are.

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