Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day: not all of us are equal

In the patriotic fervor of independence day, let's remember that DADT is still the law (and thus LGBT people STILL cannot serve openly in the military).

Let's remember that it's still legal to fire someone for being gay, as there is no Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Let us remember that in many states, even the minimal recognition of hospital visitation rights are opposed by politicians (e.g., Gov. Walker of WI) and religious groups (e.g., Rhode Island Catholic Bishops).

And let's remember that in only 6 jurisdictions are gay people given the freedom to marry, and their marriages are ignored in most other states and forbidden federal recognition.

Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave, apparently only applies if you are straight.  Some of us are still waiting for the promise to be fulfilled.

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