It’s Valentine’s Day, and the political and legal fight over “gay rights” is making a comeback.
This is a simple one: Gay rights are human rights. Period.
Whether you are gay, trans, bi, straight, whatever, you are owed the full suite of protections and rights under the Constitution that any other person in the United States is entitled to. Cementing this fact was the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling that that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States, which means that any state attempting to enforce or enact a ban on same-sex marriage is in violation of the law.
On behalf of the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy affirmed that those seeking marriage equality are really asking “for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
That Christian groups are now using the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court’s vacant seat (combined with an overly generous interpretation of the 2014 Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores case) to reinvigorate the battle cry for rolling back LGBTQ rights should not be tolerated; society simply cannot allow systematic discrimination to become normalized.
So, if you own a bakery and won’t sell a wedding cake to a gay couple on the grounds that your religious freedoms are being “threatened”, you’re a bigot. It’s 2017, my bakery owning friends. If you’re afraid of, or offended by, someone who is LGBTQ in your bakery, get out of the bakery business.
If you’re a nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy and you hold the opinion that certain civil rights should be left to the voters and legislatures, rather than to the sweeping protections offered by the Constitution, you’re a bigot. It’s 2017; if you think civil rights can be applied selectively, you shouldn’t work in a courtroom.
And, if you’re a President and you’re considering the repeal of an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gays, you’re a bigot. It’s 2017; if you don’t want to see a LGBTQ contractor in government, do us all a favor and get out of government.
It’s Valentine’s Day. All you need is love.
(But common sense, and some legal protections, can also come in handy from time to time.)
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