Harel Barzilai
35404 Wango Rd #2
Pittsville MD 21850


March 11, 2001

I am writing to you in support of the Governor's Anti-Discrimination Act (SB 205, HB 307) which would prohibit discrimination based on Sexual Orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodation.

I'm sure you get a lot of mail on all sides of this and other issues, so I will be brief.

First, heterosexuality and heterosexual marriages are far too strong to be under any kind of "threat" from a bill which merely prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation.

Second, it is the right thing to do. It is the American thing to do. My great uncle is a Jewish Holocaust survivor living in the U.S.

He is almost 80 years old, near the end of his life, and he is also gay. After enduring what he has gone through, doesn't he deserve to see this country do the right thing while he is still alive? Doesn't he deserve to see bills such as this passed, which counter the idea that people like him are a "threat" and which declare discrimination illegal?

Thank you,

Harel Barzilai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Salisbury State University