The Morris Human Rights Commission would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to contact us in regards to Jeff Miller’s recent article published in the Sun Tribune. It should be noted that the Morris Human Rights Commission advocates free speech and does not censor its members. That being said, we would like to make it clear that the article written by Mr. Miller represented his own personal opinions on marriage, and not those of the MHRC or other members. To clarify Mr. Miller’s position with the MHRC, as is the case with all City commissions, he was appointed by the Morris City Council as their representative to sit the Commission.
In honor of our 15th Anniversary as a Commission our arrangement was to provide 15 weeks worth of articles written by members and/or guest writers on topics related to human rights. In hindsight (which of course is 20/20), we should have included a disclaimer with each article stating that the opinions expressed are those of individuals, and do not necessarily reflect those of the MHRC. Going forward, this will be done, but that does not remedy or undo what has already been published and the affects it has had on community members, and for that we are truly sorry and apologize.
Although members of the Commission disagree with Mr. Miller on this matter, we do believe that he is also entitled to his opinion. However, his opinion should not have been portrayed as that of the Human Rights Commission. The Morris Human Rights Commission is committed to having the city of Morris known as an inclusive community that values diversity, protects the rights of all individuals, and strives to meet the needs of all individuals. Unfortunately, due to oversight on our part, this article did not represent our mission and commitment to helping ensure human rights for all.
Members of the Commission are open to having a conversation with you or others who would like to discuss this further. The full Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5pm at the Common Cup. These meetings are open to the public. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 14.
Thank you all for standing up for what you believe in and helping to hold us accountable when a mistake has been made. This is the basis for helping to protect human rights for all of us!
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