Tuesday, March 06, 2018

This Is What Happens When Hate Rules

We are seeing this happen all over the world, hate is coming to rule.
Emboldened By Trump, Georgia GOP Pushes Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill
Huffington Post: Opinion
By Michelangelo Signorile
March 5, 2018
Georgia is on its way to creating a law that would allow state-funded adoption agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples ― or, more specifically, to turn away any parents the agencies don’t approve of based on religious beliefs.

Make no mistake: This anti-LGBTQ adoption bill is part of a wide-reaching plan by religious conservatives ― backed by President Donald Trump and his administration ― to turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely.

How are religious conservatives turning same-sex marriage into second-class marriage? By getting courts to rule that wedding-related businesses can turn away gay couples based on the business owners’ religious beliefs, by allowing governments to refuse to give the same benefits to spouses within same-sex marriages as they do to those within opposite-sex marriages, and by allowing adoption agencies to say no to LGBTQ parents.
To me this seems to fly in the face of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court.

Georgia is not the first state to pass biased anti-LGBT laws…
Anti-LGBTQ adoption laws, which Texas and other states have passed and which Georgia may soon pass, are integral to these strategic efforts. And Trump has become instrumental in anti-LGBTQ conservatives’ short-term and long-term goals, not just by courting white evangelicals and signing orders that would harm queer people ― such as banning transgender people from the military ― but, more important, by putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
The Republicans have shown their true colors now that they control Congress, the Presidency, and most of the states they have shown that they are a party of hate, bigotry, and divisiveness.

They use hate as a weapon to energize their base, they use hate to bring in campaign donation.

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