In 2002, students at Boyd County High School requested to be allowed to form a Gay Straight Alliance (“GSA”). Unfortunately, due to religious bias and prejudice against homosexuals, they were met with adversity. Although the GSA was approved, within two months of its formation the school banned the GSA and purportedly banned all other student organizations for that term.
First, I’m going to talk about the comment, “It’s about homosexuals obtaining a privilege that nobody else is allowed to have.” As a long time resident of Texas, USA, Earth, I know with certainty that no one has ever been allowed to marry except the homosexual. In the United States, homosexuals already receive numerous privileges that are denied to everyone else, like marriage, adoption rights, 401K benefits from a spouse, Social security death benefits, etc…etc…etc… Those privileges are provided gladly by our government to homosexuals, but no one else… they are exclusive to us. (Note the sarcasm?).
Pressure was on for an amendment to the United States Constitution. Clinton then did something that enraged LGBT people; he signed the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) into law. Although obviously an unconstitutional action, DOMA remains in full force and effect today (with the small exception of an Internal Court Order of the 9th Circuit deeming it “unconstitutional”). In spite of this, DOMA may be considered the smartest pro-gay action of any president.
My hope for enjoying the inauguration as an American and citizen of the world was lost when, openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson’s invocation was not aired due to a “misunderstanding” between HBO and the Obama administration. The Obama inauguration committee apparently “mistakenly” advised HBO (the network with exclusive broadcast rights) that this very politically charged invocation by Robinson which was seen by many as Obama’s effort to include the gay community, was part of the pre-show and should not air.
lack of support in the first push to add a same-gender marriage ban to Indiana’s constitution makes no difference to the right in their efforts to deny homosexuals equal legal protection. The first proposed amendment was largely criticized for potentially denying domestic partnership benefits to same-gender couples that would otherwise be permitted by their employer. As if to say, “O.k… so we will give gays those rights, but not any more,” the legislature is at it again – this time in a shockingly bipartisan push.
The American Family Association [a group which I’ve always thought to be misleadingly named] is at it again, this time declaring that those that support gay rights and equality are not Christians.
Try as I might I can’t decide which group will suffer the most from the association. Will the reputation of the LGBT community suffer from the association with the atheist organizations the most or will the atheist associations suffer the association with the LGBT community the most?
2009 is an election year in New Jersey. A fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the voters and the legislatures as more and more anti-marriage folks line up proclaiming that if New Jersey recognizes same-gender marriage, they will make it an issue during the election.
Religion has often been used to excuse violence and intolerance throughout history. Today, even I have to argue that things are much better than they were during the Crusades, Inquisition or Holocaust as far as violence in the name of “God.” However, such violence still exists and will continue as long as religions remain exclusionary – believing that anyone who does not believe the way they believe is “damned” to some sort of eternal rot.