Those in the LGBT community do just as much working and living and dying and supporting the country as anyone else

Letter to the Editor: Equality for all

By Brice Bogle, Broken Arrow
Published: 9/29/2012  2:22 AM
Last Modified: 9/29/2012  3:19 AM

The great underlying American principle is that all men are created equal. This, freedom of speech and religion, is what defines us. This principle gets tested periodically and so far it has – in the long run – prevailed.

I watched a video of a gay Vietnam veteran questioning Mitt Romney about his stance on equal rights for gay people. Romney fell back on his religious beliefs, those very ones stated by all who oppose equal rights for non-heterosexual couples: It is a sin. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Period. The Bible says so.

Gay rights is the most recent test of our belief in equality. Will it stand? Either we believe what we say or we do not. It is wrong to deny equal civil rights to a group of Americans because of our religious beliefs or because of our fears and prejudices.

Those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community do just as much working and living and dying and supporting the country as anyone else. To deny them the same rights as granted to heterosexual couples denies our core.

Some may say this is consistent with and required by their Christian values. Possibly, but is it American?

I want a president who fervently believes in the equality of all Americans and is not afraid to fight for them in the face of severe opposition and in spite of potential political fall-out, just as did our Founders.

I will vote based on this great principle: equality. So far, it’s not looking good for the GOP.

Read more from this Tulsa World article and comments to it at http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=62&articleid=20120929_62_A22_Thegre663102

 

 

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