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Fairness Versus Equality

First, let me applaud both the Hypocrite Rights Campaign and Log Cabin (Republicans) for finally (years late!) getting a grip and realizing that some true gay rights progress can be made in the area of Job Discrimination.

The public debate from the gay community on this issue virtually came to a halt while gay activists tried to force gay marriage through the court system, and then having to raise money in order to fight a Constitutional Amendment that will never pass.

So now we are back to a pragmatism and seriousness that the Gay Lobby walked away from many years ago.  From Log Cabin website:

Log Cabin Republicans praise the bi-partisan introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA) in the U.S. Senate.  The legislation would allow local law enforcement agencies to access federal assistance in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.  Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) is the lead Republican co-sponsor.  The House version was introduced last month.  Similar legislation previously passed both the U.S. House and Senate by wide, bi-partisan margins.

“Our strong support for local law enforcement officials and our shared commitment to fighting crime unites us as Republicans,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon.  “We all understand the importance of combating violent crime in every community—from the largest cities to the smallest towns.  That’s why every Republican lawmaker should support this legislation.”

But here’s a question I have for Log Cabin and the Hypo Rights Campaign — why is “gay marriage” a fundamental question of EQUALITY, but getting fired from your job because you are gay is just mere FAIRNESS?

Words do matter.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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53 Comments

  1. I think that with all the comments, I would like to be brief and to the point. From childhood we heard the word “fair” Most people understand it. The word is not threatening To understand “equal” is another step and most heterosexuals can’t comprehend. The guys in particular don’t get it. Yes they understand NASCAR, but not much more than that. Have a very nice fun and laughter filled day. Don’t worry about this one tooooooo much.

    Comment by Kathleen D Stephens — April 24, 2007 @ 12:51 pm - April 24, 2007

  2. GP:

    Your memory of history here is flawed.

    I am no fan of the HRC – but they were not pushing gay marriage – but rather pushing ENDA and Hate crimes legislation. HRC didn’t do much to fight DOMA when it was being pushed – and didn’t hold Clinton accountable for signing DOMA.

    It was gay individuals – not gay organizations bringing those cases to the courts. Remember that interracial marriage was decided in the courts – not in legislatures.

    That being said, I prefer a legislative strategy on all these issues.

    Comment by Eva Young — April 28, 2007 @ 9:53 pm - April 28, 2007

  3. If HRC and LCR are irrelevant–and you have said as much over and over again–then why do you spend such an inordinate amount of attention on them?

    Comment by sean — April 29, 2007 @ 6:03 pm - April 29, 2007

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