Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 34 01 Year, Trumpland: Human Rights

Gay rights and trangender rights are human rights. The reason federal courts must protect human rights is that the majority will never protect the minority. Indeed, the majority, especially the Christian right majority, will make human rights illegal.

Case in point. In 1997 Indiana lawmakers revisited this issue by:
Revamping a law that makes furnishing false information on a marriage license a class D felony. Beginning July 1, 2014, a same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in the state of Indiana will be guilty of a Level 6 felony, punishable by 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The new law also makes it a Class B Misdemeanor for a clergyman, judge, mayor, city clerk or town clerk-treasurer to perform a same-sex marriage, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Any clerk who issues a license to a same-sex couple would also be guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor.
Of course it was struck down, but want to know how people like me will loose their marriage?

This is NPR from yesterday: Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use. Transgender students will be going to the bathroom of their assigned gender. Think about it for a moment. It's happened to my partner, who is FTM. One winter in heavy winter clothes, Cameron used the women's bathroom because it's the law. A woman screamed and ran out, fetching the police. Cameron had to show his license to prove he had a female body. This is wrong on so many levels. At least he's an adult who has a level head and handled the situation well. What's going to happen to the high school student who transitioned, has the hormones, and has to to use the female bathroom? Especially when the parents of those tender girls begin complaining?

Human rights are eroding, step by step. Ask the Jewish people. Ask the people of Muslim faith.

Now, here's how I can loose my marriage.

Let's say the Supreme Court hears an objection to gay marriage. Let's say it's struck down, referring us back to the states. South Carolina didn't have a form for two female bodied people to get married. They have one form for everyone. And it says male and female. Let's say South Carolina invalidates any license for people who lied about their birth genders. I loose my marriage.

If Rosa Parks had waited until white people gave her permission to sit at the front of the bus, she'd still be waiting. It was about human rights. She was right.

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