Progress in civil rights never a straight line
President Obama came out strongly for gay rights and marriage equality in his second inaugural speech.
He stated: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
He also listed the achievements of previous movements for civil rights by other groups in American history, including African-Americans and women. After all, at one time all of these movements were ignored and then strongly opposed, but eventually embraced.
But what about nations where gays aren’t treated with any ounce of respect or dignity? In Uganda there is a bill that would impose the death penalty for gay men for consensual sex with other adults, but also impose criminal punishment for those who don’t tell the government about the sex lives of gay men. It will not only be illegal to be gay in Uganda, but illegal to know someone who is gay in Uganda.
So while gays progress in the U.S., remember, there are many nations in the grip of religious fundamentalism so bad, it would make those who protest funerals in the U.S. because our nation doesn’t persecute gays, look like Thomas Paine freethinkers in comparison.
Progress is never a straight line, but for gays in the U.S., it is coming.
Shaun Slack, Kokomo