On Recalling Chris Anderson

Monday, January 27, 2014

I have read a bunch of people's comments on other sites about recalling Councilman Chris Anderson and it seems that most everyone is in agreement that 1) he should not be recalled and 2) that he is only being recalled because he is gay. Now, I have no dog in this fight because I'm not in his district, but I don't remember Jack Benson and Manny Rico being recalled based on their sexual orientation. Was the problem with Littlefield based on how he self identified?  

This is a touchy subject because Councilman Anderson proposed the ordinance for domestic partner benefits and he is gay. If you disagree with giving unmarried straight people benefits, then you are instantly judged as being a gay hating bigot. I think Councilman Anderson could have played his cards different and avoided being the target of the recalling group. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again. He should use his new fame and clout as an openly gay councilman to lobby the state folks to change Tennessee's definition of marriage to acknowledge out of state same-sex marriages. He would fight a much bigger battle but with much bigger results. All municipalities could then provide benefits and the <1 percent figures would be more realistic. Instead, he played his cards differently and now those that are against unmarried heteros receiving benefits are being called bigots. Count me as one of "those" bigots(?). I say extend benefits only to those who are in same sex marriages, not live in heteros. 

He made his bed. He most likely won't get recalled. The recall is not because he is gay. 

Tim Giordano


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