Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz issued a pastoral letter March 19 urging area Catholics to oppose an Anchorage ballot initiative that would add “sexual orientation” and “transgender identity” as protected classes in the city’s nondiscrimination code.
Earlier in the month, more than 100 Anchorage pastors — Protestant and Catholic — gathered to express opposition to the Proposition 5 ballot measure.
Voters will decide the issue on April 3.
Archbishop Schwietz’s letter warns that Proposition 5 threatens the religious freedoms of churches, schools, businesses and other organizations.
The letter denounced any attempt to “advance disrespect or unjust discrimination against people of homosexual orientation” but stated that there is “an essential distinction between unjust discrimination, which is the arbitrary violation of human rights, and the necessary limitations on the exercise of our rights when it is required to protect the justice that is due to others, and the common good.”
Archbishop Schwietz added: “Proposition 5, regrettably, makes no such distinctions. It sweeps with a broad brush, and would usher in a new era of intolerance in Anchorage, all done in the name of ‘ending discrimination.’”
To read the complete letter click here.