Letter: Support LGBTQ Americans

Sen. Chuck Grassley released a statement on June 15 condemning the mass killing in Orlando. In the statement, Sen. Grassley says that this act “was an awful reminder that there are terrorists both here and abroad who want to destroy America and kill Americans. We’re seeing our way of life and freedoms that make this country special come under attack by radical Islamic terrorism.”

What he fails to mention is that this act was specifically targeting the LGBTQ community. Why won’t our senator acknowledge what the killer wished to accomplish? The intent of this killing was to create fear among our LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and citizens. Is the senator vested in protecting the freedoms of all citizens?

Upon hearing of the Supreme Court ruling ensuring marriage equality, he said “I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.” We need our elected representatives to stand on the side of those who are being terrorized. That cannot happen with the vague language of freedom used in this statement. Will our senator grow to become a representative for the needs of all Americans, including LGBTQ people?

Ernie Cox

Iowa City

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