A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hedges: The Christian Right's Crusade Against Gays Is Far Scarier Than You Think
The money available to the Christian right is solidifying
institutions -- from right-wing universities to media outlets -- that
propagate a culture of hate.
We have 29 states that do not outlaw discrimination on the basis of
sexual orientation,” White said. “Transgender Americans are invariably
the worst victims of discrimination and violence. And yet there are 44
states that do not outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity. There are 44 states that
have laws or constitutional amendments denying us the rights of
marriage, claiming our relationships are unholy, that we’re sick and
icky,” White said. “And Mr. Obama has just said marriage equality is up
to the [individual] states. A majority of the states have already
decided against us. If you ask a gay person in New York, ‘Can we adopt?’
he will respond of course we can adopt. Can we provide foster care? Of
course we can provide foster care. Can we get jobs equally? Of course we
can, especially if we are white and male. But with all the progress we
have made, 44 states still see us as the enemy. Add a few more states to
this list and it is over. How awful it will be if these restrictions
make their way to states such as Connecticut, New York and California.
Remember, California is going down the tubes financially. And the fear
about the nation’s financial future is the engine that drives all of