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Blog: Why is Equal Rights Still a Topic?


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Let's take a look, shall we, at what possessing too much power for too long of a time will get you. Until this recent embarrassment of the conservative right trying absurdly to differentiate between "forcible" rape and some other kind of rape, I didn't think it was possible for a more egregious stance than the one against equal rights for gay couples. If it didn't impact so many innocent people and boil down to such a simple case of prejudice and injustice, it would almost be comical. But instead it's repulsive, disgusting, and ignorant.

The tide of public opinion has clearly turned on this issue. At what point will the extreme finally realize that we've already committed these crimes against other races, creeds, religions? Prohibiting equal rights to gay couples is just as wrong as it was to prohibit equal rights for African Americans or the right for women to vote.

The right for gay couples to get married is not relevant in a political conversation about the role of the government and the requirement the government has to protect the equality of all people. The rights of marriage are a religious conversation to be had in the confines of the various houses of God. But recognizing the legal relationship between two people of the same sex -- sharing health care coverage, providing the authority to make medical decisions for their loved ones, and supervise estate handlings -- is absolutely a government conversation, and there is only one correct course of action.

This idea that gay rights are somehow an attack on the moral fabric of our nation is foolish and is, in fact, the exact opposite from the truth. The attack is and always has come from the extreme right, and the target is a population of Americans that only want what they see heterosexuals of every other ethnicity and creed enjoying.

I know there are probably strong statements in this post that you may not be accustomed to seeing come from a political candidate for U.S. Congress, but there comes a time when enough has to be enough. The vitriolic rhetoric is so divisive, so destructive, and so senseless.

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