This article was published on March 28th, 2015
“No person in America should be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love,” said US Barack Obama. President Obama has arguably been one of the greatest allies in American history for the advancement of the rights of the LGBT community in the United States. While the US purports to be a champion of the rights of the vulnerable and those who need freedom, every American still does not have the right to marry the person they love. Laws still exist in the country that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Laws that give employers the right to fire LGBT people, laws that give the right for landlords to evict on the basis of sexuality and now America still passes new laws to find new ways to discriminate. Here are a highlight of a two events this past week that show that the battle for equality is still active in the United States.
First of all, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation into law that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers in the name of religious freedom. Perhaps Indiana legislators and Governor Pence forgot the meaning of the word freedom but allowing a group of people to discriminate against another group of people is not freedom. If a business owner disagrees with one of their customers being gay then practice this belief in private. Every citizen has the right to freedom of speech but they do not have the right to hate or the right to discriminate. Many Conservatives throughout the United States are on the wrong side of history. Celebrities including George Takei and CEOs across the country have been calling for a boycott of this state since this law was signed into law by Governor Pence. Seattle and San Francisco Mayors have cancelled all public travel to the state as a stand against this discriminatory law.
Secondly, Arkansas presently considering a similar law that would restrict cities from creating their own localized protections for the gay community. The Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said of the Senate vote that passed this bill, “this bill is poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it”.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBT civil rights group in the United States and leading the charge for equal rights for every American citizen. The United States has an opportunity seize this opportunity to show the world that they are truly leaders in the fight for human rights and freedom, not just in word but in action too. Please support the Human Rights Campaign as they fight for equality for all.
Words can barely describe the utter disgust that many have felt by these laws and other actions recently but do not be discouraged but have hope. Take your frustration and support organizations like the Human Rights Campaign. Take your anger and show the world the love.
We are reminded everyday by the raw evil and tragic situations everyday but let your reaction to the fight for equality be one of love.