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Thu Sep 15, 2016, 09:05 PM

 

So I tweeted that I was glad to have seen progress on LGBT rights in the US

Someone replied to me with this:
"So you can get married now? Who cares?"

I'm straight, FYI.

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Reply So I tweeted that I was glad to have seen progress on LGBT rights in the US (Original post)
YoungDemCA Sep 2016 OP
Warpy Sep 2016 #1
YoungDemCA Sep 2016 #2
Warpy Sep 2016 #4
Behind the Aegis Sep 2016 #3
Warpy Sep 2016 #5
Behind the Aegis Sep 2016 #6
MarianJack Sep 2016 #7

Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Thu Sep 15, 2016, 09:11 PM

1. That he doesn't care is the real progress here

When marriage equality came to NM with first a few urban counties and then the whole state, it was met with a shrug and not even a grumble from the evangelical crowd.

When an idea's time has come, that's how it happens.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 15, 2016, 10:31 PM

2. Well I suspected that it didn't matter to him whether LGBT people had the *right* to get married

 

That suspicion, combined with his assumption that I was gay - as if only gay people cared about equal rights and opportunities for gay people ("Who cares?" - really rubbed me the wrong way.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 16, 2016, 12:19 AM

4. I'll take apathy against frothing at the mouth rage any old day

They aren't even pretending to be outraged these days.

Contrast this with the way they're still fighting women every inch of the way for something as basic as health care.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Sep 16, 2016, 12:14 AM

3. For many, including, sadly, many gay people, "marriage" seems to be an 'end game.'

People do not realize marriage equality is but one of many things for which LGBT people have been and continue to battle for in regards to equal treatment under the law. In several states, it is still legal to fire someone for being LGBT, and in many of those same states, it is also legal to deny them or remove them from housing. Never mind the continuing attacks on marriage equality throughout the country, and the attempts to countermand the Supreme Court's recent decision.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 16, 2016, 12:21 AM

5. Yes, there's a long way to go.

However, vital things like civil rights often occur in fits and starts, people simply exhausted at the end of one fight and needing to regroup for a long time until they take on the next one.

I'm probably spoiled living in NM, where equality was greeted with a yawn and it doesn't seem like anybody is mounting any credible backlash attacks.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 16, 2016, 12:25 AM

6. I agree. For the LBGT it really is akin to "battle fatigue."

Living in OK, we have been preparing for backlash ever since it was legalized here, and the state decided to wait for the SC decision, so we had a respite. However, when that went south for the bigots because the SC upheld equality, we started to see groups mobilizing here and there was rumbles within the GLBT community in Tulsa (and I imagine OKC) to prepare for another battle.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Sep 16, 2016, 04:25 PM

7. 61year old white straight and married guy, here and...

...I'm very happy to see the advancements in LGBT rights and equality. Here in Maine, we were the first state in the union to approve marriage equality in 2012, along with 3 other States on the same night. Maine was called first, though!

PEACE!

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