It should come as no surprise to any of her constituents in District 1 (Manchester, Taneytown) that County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier is playing to our worst when she speaks of her views of civil gay marriage.
This politician, who sits Sundays in a church whose sermons include anti-gay and vehemently anti-Muslim sermons, comes from what I consider a background of irrational judgment. It is only natural, given this background, that she would view gays and lesbians with a level of distrust.
That does not excuse her, in her role as our representative, to allow this biased and irrational point of view to infect her decision-making. Furthermore, it is offensive that she would publicly state that citizens voting their conscience on an issue of civil-rights affecting a population of people whom she represents is tantamount to an act of abuse on our children.
In recent comments about the gay marriage legislation currently under review in the State House and backed by the Governor, Frazier indicated that a vote for the bill was a vote against children. She implies that allowing gays and lesbians to wed in civil marriage would lead to a population of unhealthy, unproductive, socially inept, drug abusing, unsafe and mental disturbed children.
When my elected official speaks in an official capacity regarding a group of people that she represents, I would hope she does so without demagoguery and without fear tactics, and that she does so without inciting fear of one group of her constituents from the rest of her constituents.
Frazier should show some respect.