Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Obama for Gay Rights


Today, Barack Obama signed into law a bill that would
make any crimes of hate against gay and lesbian people a federal crime. The law was included in a 680 billion dollar defense spending bill, that will fund military operations for the next year.

Noting statistics that show that there have been over 77,000 hate crimes against gays and lesbians over the last 10 years, according to the FBI. Obama said that this was another step in the pursuit of equal rights for all people.

This law was originally introduced during the Bush administration, however Bush promised to veto any version of this bill if it approached his desk.  The religous right has a problem with this law because they feel that it may focus on prosecuting those who speak against gay rights in protest.  Authors of the law promise that this law does not focus on hate speech but on crimes that are violent and motivated by sexual preference.

Those who don't understand or believe in gay rights are no different than slave owners and white folk prior to the civil rights movement. They didn't want blacks to have equal rights because the whites felt they were superior. It is funny that the same group of people who are not accepting of gay rights are the same group of people who were very much against minority rights as well. I guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks. 100 years from now the the religious right wing crazies will be looked at the same way the KKK are today, pathetic, lame, and self absorbed.

In the end this is another small win for gay rights groups moving toward the goal of being completely recongnized by the federal government. Barack Obama showed today what it means to be truly inclusive to all Americans. Obviously, this is not the end game for gay rights in this country, but it is another step in the right direction for their ultimate equality.

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