Mayor Francis Slay Says LGBT Issues Will Be a Priority in Historic Fourth Term

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Slay in a No Hate promo.
It is officially official. After beating his challenger Lewis Reed in the March primary, winning against no one on the April 2 Election Day and going through his formal inauguration ceremony yesterday, Mayor Francis Slay has begun his fourth term -- making him the first mayor in St. Louis history to achieve this long of a run.

What's he going to do with four more years? (And maybe four more!)

One of his promises that caught our attention was his statement of a commitment to LGBT issues in St. Louis. How?

As part of his "sustainability" campaign theme, in the final weeks of the race, Slay emphasized his aim for inclusivity and outreach to the LGBT community.

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Inauguration yesterday.

This idea emerged again in his inaugural speech yesterday. From a written version of his address:

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor, as an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies; as a place of culture and the arts; as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays; as a city of parks and trails; and as the sort of place that figures in young people's dreams.

For too long, we have been anything but. For too long, our community has let itself be paralyzed by the tyranny of haters.

Daily RFT got a chance to briefly ask Slay about his priorities related to LGBT St. Louisans on election night.

While he didn't have many specifics, he referenced his so-called "five-year plan," which, in a section on equality and diversity, lists a goal to "maintain our premier Municipal Equality Index rating for LGBTQ." (St. Louis scored very well in a LGBT-friendly national ranking last year).

"We want to make sure that we maintain our very good standing in terms of LGBT issues in St. Louis," he said. "We got 100 points from the [Human Rights Campaign] and we're hoping to maintain that."

He continued, "We are going to work on continuing to make our city a city that embraces diversity and that includes our wonderful, very, very, valued LGBT community here in St. Louis that are contributing greatly to our culture, contributing greatly to our diversity, contributing greatly to the quality of our city."

We also asked Slay about the increasing number of elected officials locally and across the country coming out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Continue for more of our interview with Mayor Slay and for the full text of his speech.

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Let me repeat the fine previous quote (@licentiousnessharms) in reference to Immanuel Kant: "No one has the right to do that which if everybody did it, would destroy society".


Same-sex marriage is an injustice, an insult to the noble faculty of reason, and an absolute mockery of: the Laws of Nature, civil society, and the preservation and perfection of mankind. 

The broken families which same-sex marriages purposely create are necessarily vicious toward those naturally occurring consanguineous obligations between family members from which nations, sociability, and benevolence have naturally emanated. 

Children are not pets one purchases from rescue shelters(adoption clinics) and puppy mills(insemination and surrogacy). Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife. Same-sex marriage is adulterous by nature and thereby destructive to not only children, but to our civilization. 

Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child's happiness than can be afforded by the presence of both biological parents.

Same-sex proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child's Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.

Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

In fine, same-sex marriage is an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.

“No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” ---Immanuel Kant 

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