Times are changing

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I have given prejudice awareness workshops for over 20 years to adolescence. Part of the class is to hold up signs when you agree strongly , when you agree a little, when you disagree strongly when you disagree a little.
We read a sentence and then hold up the sign that agrees with your viewpoint. It starts off rather benign like, “sometimes it’s OK to steal” or an only child is usually spoiled and then it goes to topics like racism, disabilities sexism etc. one statement is..“Gay people should be allowed to marry” for years it was always a mixed bag. Today every single teen quickly put up the sign agree strongly! When we discussed it they all seem to agree that if people will be happy if they are married why would anybody object to it. And there were plenty of religious kids in the class
 
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I have given prejudice awareness workshops for over 20 years to adolescence. Part of the class is to hold up signs when you agree strongly , when you agree a little, when you disagree strongly when you disagree a little.

We read a sentence and then hold up the sign that agrees with your viewpoint. It starts off rather benign like, “sometimes it’s OK to steal” or an only child is usually spoiled and then it goes to topics like racism, disabilities sexism etc. one statement is..“Gay people should be allowed to marry” for years it was always a mixed bag. Today every single teen quickly put up the sign agree strongly! When we discussed it they all seem to agree that if people will be happy if they are married why would anybody object to it. And there were plenty of religious kids in the class
Yet the old bigots won't let up!

Just as they have been working to water down Roe v. Wade ever since that landmark decision, they continue to concern themselves with another, more recent decision, Obergfelle v Hodges which made same sex marriage the law of the land.

They are obsessed with people private lives and social issues, while purporting to be the party of freedom and individual responsibility.

While the country is facing numerous threats and problems both foreign and domestic, they can’t keep their noses out of people’s bedrooms. While they are hell bent on allowing Wall Street to run amok, and letting corporations pollute the planet, women, gays and other who they disapprove of must be tightly controlled.

While they are not actively seeking to overturn Obergefell- that know that even with a conservative SCOTUS- it would be a long road to hoe. So as with Roe, they are finding ways to water down the gains that have been made with respect to choice, privacy, and equality. Consider:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-signorile-georgia-adoption_us_5a9c23e7e4b0a0ba4ad45681

Georgia is on its way to creating a law that would allow state-funded adoption agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples ― or, more specifically, to turn away any parents the agencies don’t approve of based on religious beliefs.

Make no mistake: This anti-LGBTQ adoption bill is part of a wide-reaching plan by religious conservatives ― backed by President Donald Trump and his administration ― to turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely.
Adoption is only one of several fronts on which they are attacking:
By getting courts to rule that wedding-related businesses can turn away gay couples based on the business owners’ religious beliefs, by allowing governments to refuse to give the same benefits to spouses within same-sex marriages as they do to those within opposite-sex marriages, and by allowing adoption agencies to say no to LGBTQ parents.
It is really in those three major areas- adoption, public accommodation, and benefits- that equality is being assailed. I do not believe for a Nano second that this is about religion or religious freedom. It’s about bigotry-plain and simple. It is not about concern for the children either. It is about bigotry.

Furthermore, in the Huston Texas case where the Texas Supreme Court rules that married same sex couples on the city payroll were not necessarily entitle to employee benefits is clearly bigotry because it has nothing to do with religion and clearly is harmful to the children of those couples

Is that what God would want? These issues, along with the myriad of so call "bathroom bills " aimed at trans people make it clear that the GOP is hell bent on making life as difficult as possible for LGBT people in order to appease the religious right
 
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johnflesh

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The younger kids could teach the older bigots a thing or two.
And those particular kid's parents too. Its a valuable job to raise a kid to not be an idiot, treat everyone and their beliefs with respect, and be productive.
 
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