Equality: It’s the foundation of America and arguably the most important virtue in the world. Whether it is gay rights, religious freedom, race, or even polygamy, we’ll fight for it with everything in us. Lately, there’s been an uproar from the general public concerning the treatment and senseless killing of Muslims, LGBT people, and people of color.
Some teachers, such as Ms. Walters and Mrs. Redmond, are showing their American pride by taping Hate Has No Home Here posters on their walls. Poster or no, all of Stacey’s teachers want their students to feel safe in their classrooms.
Ms. Walters says, “No one should ever feel that being different makes them less than anyone else. We are all different in so many ways. Those who think it is ok to target a student for abuse due to any aspect of who they are, are just wrong.”
Over time, when feeling unaccepted, a person’s self-esteem can erode and they can fall into depression or begin to self-harm. In the extreme case, those who are feeling unaccepted can choose suicide as a way out.
If you are having suicidal thoughts because of LGBTQ+ related problems, please click the link below. It will get better.
LGBT Hotline – https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html – LGBT Hotline
Even ABC is kicking in with this equality showdown between the states. As their very popular T.V show, What Would You Do, tests random strangers from around the country to see what they will do when faced with decisions or products that may limit others’ freedom or go against their morals. If you want to watch the video, please click the link below. (Do not watch on Chromebook; WSD has blocked it. Watch on a smartphone or other device.)
The Supreme Court in New Jersey declares that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. The Legislature decides to legalize civil unions.
Eight states across the U.S. pass laws banning same-sex couple marriages.
Connecticut Supreme Court rules that same-sex couple have the right to get married.
Supreme Court in the state of California overrules ban on same-sex couple marriage, legalizing the marriage between same-sex couples, but soon after public votes to approve a constitutional amendment (Prop 8) to end gay marriage.
Lawmakers in the states of Vermont, Washington D.C., and New Hampshire legalized same-sex marriage. Iowa Supreme Court overturns the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Legislature in the state of New York approves same-sex marriage.
The Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is revoked.
The states of Maryland, Washington, and Maine become the first states in the U.S. where the public voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
The United States Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 in the state of California, resulting in the re-introduction of legal same-sex marriages in California.
In the case of, Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court rules that the Fourteenth Amendment to the constitution demands a state to license a marriage between two people of the same-sex and to recognize marriages between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed in another state. This ruling legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.
Credit: (History Timeline of Marriage)
Equality is a work in progress topic. One day, however, we will reach the point where everyone is equal. No matter what you believe, no matter what you are, no matter who you are, you are accepted here.