Equality is Not Equal

Jordan Maggard, 29.11.2012

Lets face it. We do not live in a world that is equal. America is known as a melting pot. A place where every one is supposed to come together to form one nation. Yet, its not really like that. Women do not have equal rights. The LGBT community does not have equal rights. Something must be done. Things need to change. What are we going to do about it?

Lets face it. We do not live in a world that is equal. America is known as a melting pot. A place where every one is supposed to come together to form one nation. Yet, its not really like that. Women do not have equal rights. The LGBT community does not have equal rights. Something must be done. Things need to change. What are we going to do about it?
The Equal Rights Amendment was proposed in 1923. The ERA states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex”. Martin Luther King Jr. once said in his famous speech, “...one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. The Equal Rights Amendment did not pass congress until 1972. It is now 2012.
With the up coming election it is good to point out that in the 21st century gay marriage is still not legal in all fifty states. Mitt Romney, Republican Candidate for President, has donated 10,000 dollars to NOM. NOM stands for the National Organization for Marriage. NOM is one of the largest anti-gay groups in America. Gary Gates is demographer-in-residence at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy. According to the five studies that he did there are 4 million people in the United States that identify with being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Someone who is going to be elected President of the United States should care about what is in the best interest of the people. Equality is in the best interest of the people.
Religion should have nothing to do with the law. A women should have the right to choose what she does or does not do with her body, not the government.
The Equal Rights Center, located in Washington D.C., is dedicated to advancing the civil rights of all Americans. They care about everyone regardless of race and sexual orientation. Today, because of the Equal Rights Center, more then 20 states include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class.
The Human Rights Campaign fights for the rights of the LGBT community. Yet with all of the support that gay and lesbian men and women receive politicians are not giving them the support they need. According to a poll done by the Human Rights Campaign, 54% of Americans support marriage equality. This means that half the United States feels we need a change.
Equal rights need to be just that, equal. You have the right to choose your religion. You have the freedom to speak in public. You even have the right to own a gun, but you do not have the right to marry someone you love just because you were born the same sex.
It is time to get angry. It is time to step up to the things that need to be changed. Don’t get me wrong. I know that we are never going to live in a world where people all get along and hold hands, but there is something to be said about acceptance. There is a serious problem going on in America. We need to teach tolerance, not anger. We need to live in a society that is about working together, not bringing each other down. A place where things are equal.



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