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Separate But Equal: Part II

Posted by ALmod on November 6, 2008

Maybe it’s because I’m from Alabama, but it boggles my mind.  In a United States that was able to elect its first black president, we are able to truly live up to our mantra that “all men are created equal”– unless of course you are gay.

It took the actions of a Birmingham mayor to make me realize that this is “separate but equal” (if at all) all over again.  Of all people, the black mayor of a city known for it’s Civil Rights history did his best to deny a gay group the same parade that they’ve held every single year in that city.  It didn’t work, but the fact that it was attempted says enough.  The only way it could have been more ironic is if he’d had fire hoses and dogs unleashed on the group as they marched through Birmingham.

Because of what happened in Birmingham, let’s apply the Civil Rights mentality to this argument.  What is the message that we are sending to this demographic?  We are essentially telling them that, because of their sexual preference, they are less of a human being (and therefore have fewer rights) than the social norm.

Would it in some way endanger the rights of others to deny marriage to a particular segment of the population, or does it merely deny equal rights to an entire demographic?  I can’t think of any single way that allowing a gay couple the rights and benefits of marriage would ever be of any consequence to anyone else.  Rather, it just seems like a sticking point for others to say, “I don’t approve.”

And for those who enjoy the “slippery slope” argument, consider this.  If we start by taking away the rights of gays, it’s a slippery slope to taking away the rights of heterosexual couples as well.  Don’t believe me?  Well, let’s take a look for a second at folks like Alabama Attorney General Troy King.  Not only does he want to enforce a ban on sex toys within the state, but he’s been known to say that he’d like to enforce that same ban in regard to Alabama citizens and the Internet.  Now, since when is it Troy King’s business what my husband and I do in our bedroom?

Separate is not equal.  Take it from an Alabama girl.

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One Response to “Separate But Equal: Part II”

  1. Iekoop said

    I just want to say as a straight woman from Nevada, we people from the great state of Nevada and from the City of Las Vegas, are not only saddened by the outcome of Proposition 8, but are disgusted that there are people in California that care so much about what other people do in their personal life and the comfort of their own home. It is now 2008, almost 2009 and it should not matter whom you chose to love, as long as you chose to love! These right wing conservatives should give a crap about what other people do and who they care to marry. This is why a lot of other countries hate us so much, because we, the United States of America, are so judgemental! It’s sad.

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