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

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Cheers, JP Bowie