Kathryn, even several of the bill’s original co-sponsors are wavering. Church communities like those Erika E. Cole represents are the reason. A lawyer, she testified last Friday:
This bill does not resonate with the membership [of Churches I represent]. I’ve heard someone say that if your congregation or your constituents don’t agree with the decision that you make, in other words, if they don’t support this bill you should vote for it anyway because that shows leadership. Well I heard someone say that if you’re out leading and there’s nobody following, you’re just taking a walk! So I’m asking you, “don’t take a walk on this bill, vote in opposition to House Bill 175.”
You can watch her testimony here:
Thomas Peters is cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.