Hello Everyone and Greetings,
As the Reformed Catholic Bishop in the area I have to take issue with two things that HRC's Fort Wayne Chapter have posted recently regarding Matt Kelty and his campaign let alone his personal honor and contributions.
1. Matt Kelty was led away in hand cuffs per normal procedure of a felony warrant. However unlike most felons he was allowed to have his handcuffs in front, which is a sign of two things: a. the warrant officer feels the person is not a flight risk or b. a statement by the sheriff that he thinks the charges are bogus. Let it also be made aware, as a matter of official record, he turned himself in of his own accord he was not 'arrested' he was 'taken into custody' (bad reporting on the part of the paper).
2. As a gay citizen it appalls me as to the rhetoric coming from this supposed non partisan group which unfortunately seems as bias in their affiliations. Keep in mind I am the Content Administrator/Editor for the Libertarian Party of Allen County.
3. As a Catholic Bishop, I stand behind Matt's previous record and reconfirmed commitment last night regarding GLBT citizens and still wanting to meet with all GLBT community leaders in the near future. I, as the Founder of Our Lady Rejoice Ministries, have been working directly with Caleb Jehl Director of The Rejoice House and Matt Kelty to arrange that meeting in the fall.
4. Furthermore, as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor in the area, especially, Matt has for six months and still is providing forums for all youth and young adults in the area to offer their voices and dreams to the future of governance in this city on three rivers we all love. He did by hosting concerts not where he spoke but where he let the youth and young adults come together and celebrate life and talk together with every voice being heard in a dialog with him.
I rarely swear my life blood on anything I say, simply because I am naturally too sarcastic; however, I swear my life blood on these words written above and ask you to consider them as truth.
Thank you for the time to consider my perspective,
MREV. FR. KENNETH R. JTPS. M. WHITE, JNR.
The previous memo is in response to the following statements by HRC's Fort Wayne Chapter and by default Tom Henry for Mayor Campaign. These are personal and professional statements but not as official statements of the Libertarian Party of Allen County.
Yes, it's hard to imagine someone doing something so obscenely political. Just like it's hard to imagine a "Christian," Republican candidate using his opponent's pro-GLBT stance against him!! Now THAT is obscene!!!
(2nd paragraph of a bulletin post regarding the indicment of Matt Kelty, Aug 14, 2007 8:32 PM)
As a councilman, Tom Henry authored the non-discrimination resolution in respects to hiring and firing practices including protection for individuals based on their sexual orientation. He was able to pass the resolution despite serving on a Republican-controlled City Council.
(HRC/IE Event House Party Press Release for the 18th of August 2007
One of the many press releases authorized by Tom Henry for Mayor)
16 August 2007
Hello Everyone and Greetings,