Regarding the Jan. 29 new article “ Legislators return with gusto”: Whatever an individual’s personal belief systems may be, ratification of Senate Bill 2 presents the potential for far greater problems.
We are a diverse nation. As such, it is incumbent on us to ensure that public services are available to the full diversity of our population. To open a door that allows public servants to pick and choose whom they will serve, and to whom they will provide services, risks situations with far more grave consequences than having to call another magistrate to perform a wedding.
Consider the numerous positions that might, should such an exemption be allowed, request it: police, firefighters, EMT personnel, hospital staff including physicians and nurses, school teachers, public university staff, mayors, governors, judges, district attorneys, public defenders, department of corrections jail and prison staff, legislative representatives, the state AG, public transit, parks and rec staff.
There are many careers I might have chosen. Some I did not because they would have violated my personal beliefs. This is a situation all adults potentially face. When we do, we make a decision we can live with personally and that will allow us to carry out the responsibilities of the employment we choose.
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Donna Kay Smith, Raleigh