(due) Sunday February 16, 2014
Current Area of Study – Declaration of Independence
Religious Freedom Used to Chip Away at LGBT Rights
Although there have been LGBT victories across the nation, conservative, anti-lgbt activists are still pushing for laws that will negatively affect the LGBT community, “sponsoring legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against same sex couples.” These activists are saying that an independent business run by a christian should have the right to not hire someone because they are gay. “They see the issue as one of religious freedom, protecting believers’ right not to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies or celebrations, and not to be forced by the state into doing so.”
“That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence) Every person, in theory, should have the same rights and opportunity to live their life as the other person. But, a question we prompted in class one day, are all men created equally? The push for LGBT rights is not new, but with recent victories across the nation, there is new attention on the subject. Laws permitting the discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace is most definitely a step backwards in the movement. “‘This is a deliberate strategy as gay people are getting greater rights, to take away those rights and be able to discriminate,’ says Eunice Rho of the American Civil Liberties Union [this is where I am doing my senior internship!!]. ‘You can have marriage, but you have no right to the privileges that come with that.’” Although laws pertaining to the legalization of same-sex marriage are being passed, if laws not protecting the discrimination of the LGBT community are also being passed, we are getting nowhere as a movement or as a nation.