Bottom Line Up Front: LGBT rights are civil rights, and civil rights are for everyone. People are people, and extending the rights you have to others does not take away from the rights you have.
People are people, and all people regardless of age, race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, national origin, gender identity, military status, genetic information or even pet preference should have the same rights. To do otherwise is un-American and has no place in the modern world.
Rights are not like pie, when you give them to everyone, there aren’t fewer rights for you. Rights are basic in nature, and they belong to everyone. That’s right, every single human, equally. No human is created better than any other human. Rights belong to everyone.
This seems like common sense to me, but sometimes people are tricked into acting against the idea that rights belong to all. Here’s how that happens:
- Politicians change the language used to talk about rights. I once talked to someone that did not want “Special Rights” for LGBT people. She asked, “Why should they get special rights?” I had to explain that members of the LGBT community were seeking the same rights that she already had. This was news to her, because a bill to prevent same sex marriage had been presented as stopping a privilege rather than withholding a civil right.
- Politicians label it as something you would want, such as “Marriage Protection”. My marriage is just fine, it doesn’t need legislation to protect it.
- Politicians make the language so confusing that it defies any reasonable attempt to understand it. Here is an actual bill that was signed into law:
“A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding. If the relevant governmental entity is not a party to the proceeding, the governmental entity has an unconditional right to intervene in order to respond to the person’s invocation of this chapter.”
The above was the substance of the RIFRA law, passed in 2015.
Personally, I don’t care what is in other people’s pants, or their bedroom, and I won’t spend your hard earned money trying to find out. Bills that limit rights or attempt to discriminate against others won’t have a place with me, and I will do all in my power to ensure legislation secures equality for all humans.
Here is the summation…If one group has a right to do something under the law (marry, adopt kids, visit relatives in the hospital, hold a job, etc. ) everyone should have that right. Anything less creates second class citizens, and *that* is un-American.