Love is Still Segregated

To belatedly commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advocacy of civil rights I would first like to mention how joyful I am that the American Dream of social mobility through honest hard work is not dead, and that Americans have put aside centuries of prejudice to judge candidates not by the color of their skin, but “by the content of their character” (King’s words) to elect their first African-American president.

Everybody knows that for centuries America has struggled with the issues of race and ethnicity, but the next march for equality will be that of the minority sexualities, or LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally) people. Barack Obama differed from John McCain in his support for civil unions, but he sided with McCain (during his campaign) in opposing same-sex marriage. On Election Night in 2008, many people who supported same-sex marriage were left with a bitter-sweet feeling that although America did take a tremendous step against racism, it nonetheless fell to the forces of heterosexism and homophobia when legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage passed in several states.

This is something Dr. King may have spoken out against, and peacefully protested against. One can imagine him leading a rally of thousands to send a message of peace and tolerance on this contentious issue. Many thousands, in fact, did do what Dr. King might have done were he alive today, but they were unsuccessful in defeating the legislation. It seems that twenty-first century America has a ways to go in overcoming its rejection of bigotry, intolerance, and fear of simply granting rights to sexual minorities which would lift them – like the people of color – from the status of second-class citizens. All this in a country that claims to value the principle that “all men are created equal.” It remains to be seen whether the advocates of acceptance and liberty will prevail with the support of the incoming administration. May this writing be considered a service to the sexual minorities, not only in America, but around the globe, dedicated in memory of Dr. King and the movement he inspired.

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~ by jsacc001 on January 20, 2009.

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