I want someone to explain to me what’s the difference between the Jim Crow Laws of America’s despicable past versus the present laws we have in place for Gays and marriage.
Back in 1876, Jim Crow laws were enacted to establish a separate but equal system in the United States between African Americans and White Americans. In what was supposed to be a progressive mandate that would bring the country together, in fact, divided us entirely. There were riots, hangings, hate crimes – everybody knows the calamity that ensued.
Similarly, Gays of contemporary America are treated like an African American in the early 1900s. Back then, if you were Black, you had to use a separate bathroom than White people. And if you were caught using a White person’s bathroom, it could amount to an arrest, a beating, or God forbid even worse (even though, God permitted such things to happen).
If you’re Gay in our society, kissing in public is a taboo – unless you’re in Provincetown or San Francisco. And forget about getting married because what kind of rights do you get? None.
So what’s the point of giving Gay people the right to marry but not the right to state and federal marriage benefits? Why are we stopping halfway? Why is a Gay marriage less worthy than a Heterosexual marriage? You know what that reminds me of?… Exactly like the most popular and disgusting racist law of all: The three-fifths compromise of 1787 which stated, in sum, that an African American was worth 3/5th of a person.
Needless to say, there should be a separation of church and state. But, even if religion has infected the minds of our government with the issue of Gay marriage, then shame on them. If you deny the rights of a human being just because your “holy” book tells you to, that is fanatical. And in my mind, that makes you a terrorist of humanity.
If you’re neutral on this issue, do this country a favor: March with the Gay wagon, make your next stop the Supreme Court and chant, “We shall overcome!”
Good luck to my Gay friends in their fight for equality, and I can’t wait for the Lesbian wedding I’m attending next weekend.