As seen recently, there are now 37 states in America that have legalized gay marriage. That means there are only 13 states that have same-sex marriage bans. A few years ago, no one could have imagined gay marriage finally being legalized more and more. To be able to marry the love of your life, no matter gender or sex, means America is moving forward!
Or does it?
The first reason I challenge the idea of moving forward: Florida passed a bill on March 4, 2015 saying transgender people must use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex rather than how they identify.
This means that if I were in Florida, even though I identify as a man and look the part as well, I would be forced to use the women’s restroom. I’m not sure what others think but that would be super awkward not only for myself, but for all the other people in the restroom. Here is a group of women using the bathroom and in walks a man, um what? No one can tell I am transgender, so walking into the restroom for my biological sex just doesn’t make sense.
Florida Republican, Frank Artiles, proposed the bill and believes he is saving the public from a safety risk. He also doesn’t think using the bathroom is a necessary thing, “People are not forced to go the restroom. They choose to go to the restroom.” I don’t know about anyone else, but my using the bathroom is most definitely not a choice…
The second reason I don’t know if America is actually moving forward: A California attorney recently filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people with a bullet to the head…
I’m pretty sure the death penalty is not legal in California. And killing gay people with a shot to the head kind of goes under that as well. Are gay people really bothering you that much that you spend the money and the time to come up with this ballot proposal? Do you not have better things to do with your time? Like, I don’t know, maybe representing your clients that have actual problems that need to be taken care of?
Just the thought of this makes me sick to my stomach.
And the final reason, at least for now, that I know America is not moving forward: Michigan passed a bill allowing Emergency Medical Technicians to refuse treatment to any gay patient. How would they know if the patient is gay, you ask? Well, they wouldn’t!
A Michigan Republican, Jase Bolger, said “The individual must show they have a sincerely held religious belief that has been substantially burdened.” So are you telling me that if a person if having a heart attack, EMTs have to stop trying to rescue said person to ask them about their RELIGIOUS BELIEFS??? That is complete and utter bullshit! How does someone who needs emergency help have the time to talk about their religion and sexual orientation? Why can’t they just be helped? Gay people are people too!
So yes, America has moved forward by having a total of 37 states with legal same-sex marriage, but then you have all these Republicans (at least from the three laws I spoke of) showing their asses and letting everyone know that ignorance and stupidity will never cease to exist.
Know of other laws that are absolutely outrageous? I’d love to hear about them and your reactions!
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