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Just because you’re paranoid…

February 23, 2009

I realize my scenarios of couples tragically split up at hospitals can seem somewhat melodramatic. This is no doubt due to the fact I blog primarily at night, when drama is second nature. Honestly, I’m happy to live in a relatively liberal state like New Jersey, where hardcore anti-gay discrimination is considerably rarer than it is in other states.

By way of example, we have Gainesville, Fla. From The Independent Florida Alligator, the University of Florida’s student newspaper:

About 80 UF students and faculty members marched through campus on Friday in protest of the Charter to Amendment 1, which would legalize discrimination based on sexual orientation. Protesters presented a letter for UF President Bernie Machen, in hopes of gaining administrative support for their cause.

The proposed charter will be voted on during city elections on March 24, after a local conservative group collected enough signatures from registered voters in Alachua County to get the issue on the ballot.

If passed, the legislation could affect Gainesville’s gay community because it would make discrimination based on sexual identity or sexual orientation legal.

Employees could be fired, refused service at a restaurant or kicked out of their home, according to pamphlet issued by Equality is Gainesville’s Business, which hosted the protest.

Why would anyone want that kind of a law on the books? Don’t they realize the precedent that sets for the treatment of other minority groups?

I suppose they think as long as one long doesn’t affect them directly, it doesn’t matter. I’m afraid history has proven that theory rather definitively wrong.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tristan permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:40 pm

    WTF… 2008/2009 is the ‘let’s go backwards’ year…

  2. solartap permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:07 am

    It is a shame that more people do not remember Martin Niemoller’s words as applied to Nazi Germany:

    “They came first for the Communists,
    and i didn’t speak up because i was’t a communist.

    They then came for the Jews,
    and i didn’t speak up because i wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and i didn’t speak up because i wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and i didn’t speak up because i was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me,
    and by that time no-one was left to speak up.”

    Even if some people lack the empathy required to protect the rights of others, they should understand removing those rights will only end up removing their own.

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