The Fed’s action is unnecessarily provocative and is not merely the placing of a piece of cloth on a metal pole to show workplace “inclusiveness.” Homosexual persons were already hired and are working there now.
This act is loaded with coercive implications for individuals and businesses. Will member banks be required to fly “rainbow” flags or adopt employment or business loan policies that force “inclusion and acceptance?”
As partisans in the values war, the Federal Reserve cannot be a fair umpire of the economy because it refuses to recognize moral causes of some economic problems — and calls some “problems” panaceas.
If the Fed cannot be trusted in the things we see, how can we trust them behind closed doors?
On the pro-flag side and in response to Marshall, Equality Virginia’s executive director James Parrish says let it fly.
To Marshall, this seems to mean that, by proclaiming itself an inclusive workplace, the Fed missed an opportunity to condemn relationships he doesn’t like. Yet that is surely distorting the creed of the man who introduced to our polity the concept that “all men are created equal.”
People are denied the opportunity to feel fully equal when they must hide their deepest emotional attachments during the workday, when they are told to be ashamed of the ones they love — and when the mildest public acknowledgment that they belong is called an attack on public morals.
Are Marshall and Parrish’s remarks fair? What are your thoughts?