In Texas, Law Passes Banning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

san-antonioIn a victory for the LGBT community, a law was passed yesterday by the San Antonio City Council which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

And while this is a great victory for every supporter of equal rights for the gay community, it just seems absurd to me that this is still even a debate.

It’s 2013 and we’re still having to debate civil rights?

Civil rights should be one of the simplest and most basic things we protect as a society.  Yet, in 2013, cities such as San Antonio are actually having to pass legislation which prohibits discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation.  It makes absolutely no sense.

While I’m glad the law was passed, my point is we shouldn’t need the law.  In fact, I can make these laws very simple.

If you give a right to a heterosexual white male, give that same right to everyone else—period.

In fact, there are twenty-nine states in which homosexuals can be fired or evicted at will.  Are you kidding me?

It will never make sense to me why someone would care so much about who someone loves or what they do in their private lives.  As long as it’s between two consenting adults—who cares?

Especially when it comes to these people who wish to restrict the rights of homosexuals, throwing a fit because laws like this get passed which restrict their “right” to discriminate.  To them, they see their right to ignorantly discriminate against someone as a right they should be allowed to have.  Essentially, they want the right to restrict the rights of others.

And they get awfully mad when someone prevents them from doing so.

It’s something many anti-LGBT individuals don’t understand.  Restricting discrimination is not restricting a “right.”  It’s preventing bigotry and ignorance.

Ignorance about homosexuality that’s gone on for far too long.

I just can’t wait for the day when laws such as the one passed in San Antonio that prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation (and other cities around the country as well) are no longer news—because the majority of people will realize that homosexuals deserve every single right that heterosexuals receive.

And in 2013, it’s about damn time they’re given the rights they deserve as Americans and human beings.

So congratulations to San Antonio for taking a strong stand against bigotry and ignorance.  And congratulations to the LGBT community.  While there’s still much more work to be done, the passage of these types of laws are steps in the right direction toward finally reaching full equality for the gay community.  In other words, positive steps toward common sense.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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