Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Civil Rights In America: Good News & Bad News

Good News:



Bad News:

Unfortunately we've got a long way to go. One Town's War On Gay Teens is an important article in the new issue of Rolling Stone.  The lead is:
In Michele Bachmann's home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.
This article is deep, powerful and brings into focus what this discussion really is about.  This is not a questions about marriage, or sexuality but rather an acceptance of diversity.  The lawyers behind the anti-Prop 8 case have allied themselves with Republicans and are characterized as conservative lawyers, but they went beyond politics and saw this as exactly what this is: a civil rights issue.

The heartbreaking research that was part of the Brown vs. The Board of Education Supreme Court Case, which featured African-American children characterizing caucasian-style dolls with light skin as being prettier than African-America dolls with dark skin proved how devastating segregation was to children.

What research do we have that the anti-gay marriage movement and similar anti-gay arguments are causing damage to our children?

The ones who are dead from hate crimes and suicide.

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