I would like to thank Mayor Dennis Coombs for demonstrating strength, courage and compassion in standing up for marriage equality. As we continue to work for the advancement of social justice and basic human rights, it is crucial that we have strong leaders such as Mayor Coombs who are willing to take risks and publicly voice their personal opinions in defense of those who seek equal treatment under the law.
No doubt some will argue that Mayor Coombs violated the edict, “No member of Council, employee of the City, or Council appointee shall state a position or policy of the City until said position or policy has been adopted by affirmation or resolution of Council. No restraint on individual expression is hereby intended, so long as the narrator clearly indicates that the position expressed is his or her individual opinion and not the position or policy of the City.”
But I will submit that Mayor Coombs was quoted in the Times-Call article as stating that his opinion “isn’t the council’s position or the city’s position” and that Mayor Coombs emphasized that this was his personal opinion on the issue when originally contacted by phone for said opinion. Try as they might, Mayor Coombs’ few partisan detractors will continue to obstinately ignore facts in their efforts to paint him in a negative light at every opportunity.
Fortunately for Longmont, we have leaders such as Mayor Coombs who will allow us to continue to grow and progress as a community, even as his partisan rivals seek to inhibit Longmont’s evolution for their own political gains.