The Rocky Road to Human Rights
Equal Rights: … Who speaks for humankind? Who is qualified to dole out rights to others? Who, among Man shall declare – You on this hand shall have this but You on this hand will not? After much debate it was declared that Man exists, that Man exists with rights.
Then of course man came with his interest in politics and the intrigues began; men began to dicker and deal and then distribute and some with acrimony and parsimony as well: Here, You get this and You get that and that’s the way politics remains. Politicians always have a political agenda and Allies and Human Rights should activists should be aware of this; none are impartial people. However we should all agree that all people should have the right to due process and equal protection enshrined in the 14th Amendment.
Fact: Gay and lesbian people are human beings with hopes, dreams and have the same need for love as I do. We should all celebrate the fact they are people like you and I … made in the image of God. They should all have access to the same fulfillment enjoyed by heterosexual people.
Facts from the Human Rights Campaign:
- 33 states still flat out reject marriage equality – and the hundreds of other protections and civil rights it grants couples and families.
- In 29 states, there are no state laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from employment discrimination. The number of states increases to 33 for transgender people.
- 35 states still don’t protect transgender citizens with hate crimes laws that explicitly include gender identity.
Do you agree with the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution… where it forbids states from denying any person their life, liberty or property without a due process of law? This was intended to protect the civil rights of ALL Americans regardless of their race or gender.
Let’s move forward together: The country is going in the wrong direction if it continues to live in the past; if we continue to live without understanding. If we continue to live without compassion then all we will ever know is heartache and frustration. We are one people. Let’s be one country.
We can and we absolutely must work together to make our country into the place where ALL PEOPLE are treated with respect and dignity. Like you and me, LGBT people are made in the image of God.