LGBT – Week 10


“Maybe focusing all our effort on continuing LGBT in-equality wasn’t the *best* idea after all…” ~the Wrong Side of History

There’s been a lot of talk and support for marriage equality which intensified over the past week with Tuesday and Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearings.  While it is encouraging to see so many people taking up the charge of solidarity on Facebook and other forms of social media, I can’t help feeling that it’s unfortunate for us as a supposedly non-discriminatory society that we even have to have a debate about whether certain people should receive the same rights as everyone else.  Equality with “except in this or that case” clauses is *not* equal.

Trying to gain access to what should be universal rights is not only an LGBT issue.  Women in America still suffer from social inequalities as do people who identify (or are identified) with almost every other minority status (by race, ethnic or cultural background, etc.).  America has a history of doing broad-stroke equality decently enough to look good and then glossing over or ignoring the pertinent daily details.  This said, marriage equality in name (and act) will be an important step, but let’s not kid ourselves into believing that this will right centuries of socially entrenched discrimination and in-equality.  Even after the legal system catches up with today’s progressive ideals, it will continue to be a long process changing the human landscape to align with these same ideals.

Unfortunately, stigma and discrimination (on a person to person level) are likely to exist long after the nation’s legal system has been corrected.

Social change does not come easy.  Or necessarily fast.  However, I really believe that with the right attitude and support structure, progressive social change will happen.  And with the passage of time, even if our parents generation can’t always find its way past old-fashioned notions of in-equality, I have little doubt that the youth will see things through.

Thomas Jefferson (principle author of the Declaration of Independence, drafter of Virginia’s Constitution, and former US President) is quoted on a wall of the “Jefferson Memorial” as saying:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Regarding the rest of the above comic, equal opportunity to love is only one of many important and pressing points of social contention.  While I feel we should not fight our battles for equality half-heart-edly, I also hope we can find the strength to simultaneously make sensible decisions about our economy, gun use, drone programs, media bias and influence (, and *many* others social/political issues), etc.


Waga Rob

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