I don't understand why, but some people refuse to believe in equality. They don't seem to care that equality is guaranteed by our Constitution, or called for by simple common decency. Are they so insecure themselves that they must feel superior to others to feel they have value? Maybe. I still don't feel sorry for them, and will never excuse them for their malicious behavior.
We have always had to fight these kind of people in this country, because they will not give in without a fight. They had to be forced to give women the right to vote (and still refuse to give them equal pay or control over their own bodies). They had to be forced to outlaw segregation and other Jim Crow laws (and this fight continues, especially since an African-American was elected to be president). It took a constitutional amendment to demand the right of citizens to worship (or not) as they pleased (and this fight too is still being waged, as the anti-islamic bigotry has become the calling card for too many people).
The latest fight is over the rights of lesbians and gays, and whether they should enjoy the same rights as other Americans (like the right to marry). Like the other examples of bigotry listed in the paragraph above, this one is also cloaked in the mantle of religion. That does not make it right, it just gives it a lame excuse (since religion can be perverted to justify anything). This bigotry must be fought against -- not just by lesbians and gays, but by decent people everywhere in this country.
Unless equal rights are guaranteed and given to all citizens, then they are not assured to any citizen. If someone can take your neighbors rights away, then they can also take yours. I believe that. I also believe that refusing to take a stand against evil (bigotry) means you approve of the existence of that evil. Take a stand! Fight against bigotry in all of its nasty forms.
Maybe bigotry can never be fully conquered. Maybe there will always be some bigots -- people on the wrong side of history. That doesn't matter. They must be fought anyway, because it is the right thing to do. Whether we can achieve total victory or not, we can make things better for everyone in America -- and our duty as a citizen is to do just that.
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