2 House Democrats Join 58 Republicans In Sponsoring Bill To Protect Anti-Gay Bigots

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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6 Responses

  1. Nate says:

    The Marriage and Religious Freedom act is to prohibit discrimination against those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. It really has nothing to do with LGBT discrimination or bigotry. There are plenty of religious people who support LGBT rights. Religious liberties are already being compromised in our society today. People want to take God completely out of it. Our country was founded on Biblical principals…and we can’t change that fact. Those who still believe in the traditional values of marriage bring forth this act for the protection of their liberties…and there is nothing wrong with that.

    • KaraC says:

      “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” -Treaty of Tripoli, 1796, unanimously passed by Congress and signed by several Founding Fathers. So as well as defending bigotry, you are factually incorrect.

      • Nate says:

        The credibility of that statement in the Treaty of Tripoli remains a mystery. Although it was passed by Congress, the english translation doesn’t accurately convey the original arabic document. Despite this, the same Treaty was superceded by a second that was signed in 1805, and it did not contain that particular phrase. There is a lot of debate on that quote, but the basis for it was to prevent the notion that the “Christian Religion” would govern the terms of the treaty(very important when dealing with a Muslim country). When saying that our country was founded on Biblical principals, that means the our constitution was inspired by the moral principals of the Ten Commandments. Our founding fathers advocated for religious freedoms and thought that religion(of any kind) needed to be separate from government. However, Christianity was a big part of our early culture and it’s inconsistent to say that our founding fathers didn’t base the foundation of our country on christian values.

  2. Haley Haynes says:

    This is still a conversation? Why? I am straight, married 25 yrs and know so many wonderful gay people that have way higher standards and morals compared to most of the straight people I know.
    Why is it so hard to just LIVE AND LET LIVE in.Peace, with the same rights that should obviously be equal to all. Think about all the beautiful children these individuals and couples alike are raising with no security that their parents are given the same rights as all other parents?
    It is really disturbing to know that this is STILL even an issue. They aren’t going away! So please, just do the RIGHT THING and give all citizens equal rights, no less no more than others.
    As stated, they aren’t going anywhere, yet growing in numbers as more have more support and not afraid to come out. Thanks for your consideration and making this dream come true ,a GOD GIVEN right for millions and millions of wonderful, upstanding ,tax paying, law abiding citizens.
    Sincerely,
    Haley Haynes
    Wilmington,NC

  3. LoveIrony says:

    Nate: “It really has nothing to do with LGBT discrimination or bigotry.”
    The credibility of that statement is zill.

    It has everything to to with bigotry no matter how you cloak it. Religious Freedom is not absolute and never has been. No matter how you twist it you can not stone gay people legally in this country. Nor can you stone disobedient children. Go eat some shrimp at a divorcee’s second marriage you hypocrite.

    Segregationists used the bible to justify their bigotry, nice to see you align yourself with them.

    • Nate says:

      LoveIrony,
      I’m sorry if I offended you. However, if I have used the Bible for justification, then please point out the specific references.
      I agree that religious freedom is not absolute. That is evident from previous court cases. And the first Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” However, I don’t agree with how some people are being treated over their belief in traditional marriage. Let me ask this, the bigotry/hate towards same-sex couples, is it not the same bigotry/hate towards religious people? I don’t think the definition of bigotry changes between groups of people with different beliefs and doctrines, if it has I would like to know about it. In the First Amendment, after the establishment clause, it states, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It doesn’t take a genius to know that that means the government, in most instances, is prohibited from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. With all of this said, the “Marriage And Religious Freedom Act” is a bill that protects religious and even non-religious people’s ideology from the government under their First Amendment rights.

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