March 19, 2024

The backlash against gay rights

It's not just in the courts -- as PlanetOut reports in a recent article, "Reports of anti-gay violence increase", hate crimes against gays and lesbians have surged since last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws. As the article reports, some areas saw more of an increase than others -- anti-gay violence rose by 120 percent in Chicago and 43 percent in New York.

The backlash shows no signs of abating. Rakowski told the Network that when she and her partner got married at City Hall in San Francisco on March 9, a protester held up a sign that said, "Gross."

In Multnomah County, Ore., which grants marriage rights to same-sex couples, county commissioners have reported receiving death threats. "I hope your whole family is killed. I hope with all my heart that you're gunned down and killed," said one caller in a phone message to commissioners.

On Saturday the only gay bar in Newport, R.I., called Castaways, was vandalized by a man who smashed in the bar's windows with a baseball bat while yelling anti-gay epithets.

"You can't pass this off as a random act of vandalism," Castaways' owner Lionel Pires told the Newport News. "We were singled out, terrorized."

So, not only do I have to worry about my state's and my country's constitutions amending discrimination against me into their constitutions, but I also have to keep an eye out for redneck fundamentalists (why do those two adjectives seem to fit so neatly together?) bashing me in the head with a baseball bat.

Posted by Jason at March 19, 2024 10:16 AM
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