Originally Posted by Foeke
For all the discriminatory flaws in your system that cause inequality, misunderstanding and distrust, there have been improvements with the implementation of same-sex marriages or similar - though I give you, inferior - institutions and the invalidation of sodomy laws. Internationally speaking, particularly in Canada and western Europe, things are looking even brighter.
As for the right-wing zealots at "Focus on the Family" and "Concerned Women for America", they might be desperately trying to make it look as if the gay community IS waging war on America, there is a big difference between trying to alienate an entire group of citizens from equality and dropping an atom bomb on them.
Same sex marriage is legal in only 1 of our 50 states. Civil Unions or Domestic Partnerships are available in about 6 of the states. according to HRC, at least 47 states have some type of law banning same sex marriage. Many states, including the one in which I live, are attempting to pass amendments to the state constitutions in order to ban same sex marriages. From here, it does not look like things are improving.
I know it is just anecdotal evidence, but I have seen mild hate crimes against the glbt community in the past 2-3 years. Just last week as my partner and I were leaving a gay bar, we noticed that the entrance of the bar had been egged. I'll admit that's tame, but it is an indication that someone thinks it's ok to do this based on the orientation of the people inside. Extreme religious zealots give tacit approval of violence against the glbt community by reminding people that the Bible says homosexuals should be stoned. Their continued hate speech inspires more violent types to take that action into their own hands and commit violent hate crimes. That said, I'm not so sure that FotF and CWA would restrain themselves from dropping the bomb on us, if a) given the opportunity, b) could get enough of us in one place, and c) thought they could get away with it.