Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hopping Mad

On the face of it, especially since Joe Biden and Pres. Obama voiced their support for marriage equality, things have gotten much better for the LGBTQ community. We can now marry in 36 states and if SCOTUS doesn't have a group brain-fart they will rule that all states must recognize marriage equality en masse.

Sounds great huh? But there are still haters out there so feral, and in my opinion unbalanced, that they are determined to undermine this equality by placing the right to discriminate laws within state legislature. Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and of course Texas all have discriminatory bills on the table as we speak. I guess they didn't learn anything from the uproar in Indiana when they tried the same thing there.

It never ceases to amaze me how the voices of reason can be drowned out by hate filled rhetoric from the extreme right. But not only the extreme right. Jeb Bush, who is mostly described as a moderate has just announced that marriage equality is not a constitutional right, and that it's 'absolutely' okay for so called Christian vendors to turn away same sex couples. Bush also feels that not only gays and lesbians shouldn’t be legally married, but that same-sex couples can’t be loving or provide a good household to children. This from a possible contender for the President of the United States?

I could go on about these horrendously unjust statements made by anti-gay individuals and groups, but fortunately there is a brighter side. Art Smith, self named The Queerest Chef in America will oversee 101 gay weddings in Atlanta, and it is heart warming to see how many important corporations (even Walmart) who threaten to withdraw their companies from states that discriminate.And of course it is wonderful to have the support from all our readers of m/m romance.

There is a wonderful website that can keep you up to date with equality news on a daily basis:
http://purpleunions.com/blog/2015/05/marriage-equality-round-may-19th.html

For more authors against Homophobia go here:  http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.ca/2015/05/hop-against-homophobia-bi-and.html

Thanks for joining Hop Against Homophobia - leave a comment and I'll draw a couple of names for any ebook of your choice that I have written.

Cheers, JP Bowie

13 comments:

  1. Great post, Jim. I can't pretend to understand politics in the US and I think I might be glad for that fact. *hugs*
    xo

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  2. I love the title of your post. I'm always nervous about the US president election - not only because they have the tendency to drag Europe into wars that are on OUR doorsteps, but because of their views on LGBT rights. We (and I mean the world) got lucky with Obama. I hope we're as lucky with the next one.

    I'm not taking part in any contests this year, but thank you for the offer :)

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  3. I usually try to stay away from all political post about gay rights because it does nothing but anger and frustrate me. Even now just reading your post I can feel my blood pressure rise because I so badly wish everyone had equal rights.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  4. Presidential elections drive me nuts for a number of reasons, but listening to the rhetoric is getting worse every year. So many of the candidates this time make me want to hide in a corner, but we need to get out and vote to make things happen and change.
    Jczlapin@gmail.com

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    1. Yes! Voting is essential - and oh so damned important next year. We can't let any of those on board the clown train win!

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  5. i can't say i understand my own country's political thoughts on same-sex marriage, let alone understand another countries thoughts, but really they have no real ground to stand on but that they are scared of something, tho I'm not sure what.

    beeheeley(@)gmail(.)com

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    1. Thousand of people are dying in the Middle East but the Republicans want to waste their time denying all Americans equality! Go figure.

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  6. I'm happy to live in a country were two men or two women can get married because i think love is love and all people should be treated equally.
    That's why this bog tour is so important because although the world is slowly changing we are not there yet and we have to keep spreading the word. So thank you for this post.

    ahpg(at)ziggo(dot)nl

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  7. Listening to the politicians out there is very disheartening. If we want to make changes we all need to go out an vote. And we need to encourage young people to vote. Thanks for the post

    nisee1966@gmail.com

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  8. I enjoyed your post. I can't wait for the day that everyone is treated equal. It makes me so sick how people justify hate.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  9. Thank you for being part of this blog hop and for your post. I just hope there is a domino affect from Ireland historic actions with becoming the first country to legalise same sex marriages. Voters were asked whether to add to the Constitution that "marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex" and over 62% of the population voted yes. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said it was a "small country with a big message for equality" around the world. Love has no gender. slholland22 {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  10. Thanks all for your comments - winners of any ebook from my backlist are Sula and Ramir - I'll be in touch!

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