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NC Amendment One -State Mandated Discrimination

This is what Family Values looks like

I want to start by thanking those people in my country and from around the world that have fought hard and sacrificed so much in the struggle for civil rights. In the 60s, so many people put their life, livelihoods, and family security on the line in order to lay the groundwork for equal rights for all.  The struggle for black Americans was and still is hard won. Because of the African-American community’s strength and determination, they secured and framed the civil rights argument for all of us. That being said, “black rights” do not equal “civil rights”; they are one application of civil rights.

There is much comparison and contrast of the gay rights movement to the movement of the 60s that secured civil rights for black Americans. Assumptions of comprehensive parallels have been made and offenses have been taken. Compounding the emotional mix are the perceptions of the attitudes of the two communities towards each other – there is a perceived (and I have no idea if it can be fact based) undercurrent of distaste in the African American community for the gay lifestyle. This comparison and contrast of the two groups does next to nothing good for anyone other than hindering the debate of the real issue, which is civil rights. Continue reading

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Tradition (or “It’s Policy”)

Here’s the scene: you are dealing with a company of some sort and you can’t quite abide by one of their rules – let’s say you are trying to withdraw some money from your bank or return an item to the store. You are halfway through the transaction when the person behind the counter throws a monkey wrench, “I’m sorry, we can’t give cash back on Saturdays” or “we can only refund this item if you are holding the card it was purchased with”, or some other cock-a-mamie rule that ruins your flow. You do a double take, “whaaa?”, you try to be reasonable -( you only needed a ten spot to pay the girlscout for the cookies you were about to pick up), you try to negotiate terms, but no… Continue reading

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