LOU (Lafayette-Oxford-University) held the first-ever local Pride parade Saturday afternoon. Like any event on the Oxford Square, it was festive and well-attended. Supporters of equality for all people lined the route and cheered when the parade marchers reached the Square from the starting point at the University. The event was initiated by members of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University, and supported by a variety of local groups.
No personal belief, regardless of how “sincerely” held, should take precedence over citizens’ rights to equal treatment under the law, equal access to services and goods accorded to the rest of the public, and respect for the dignity and worth of the individual.