Why Indiana Matters

It’s very easy and very simplistic to assert that the LGBT community is “oppressing” Christians in opposing the pro-discrimination bills signed into law in Indiana and (almost in) Arkansas recently. Or claim that the revolution nationwide in support of LGBT equality and marriage equality infringes on a set of religious principles somehow and unconstitutionally codified into law. That, somehow, allowing businesses (the raison d’être of which is to make money) to choose whom to serve on the basis of a whim would violate equal protection to all faiths. This is specious at first glance, as there are innumerable religions with innumerable variants of stances toward sexuality in its numerous forms.

But that, of course, is not the point. It’s obvious on first glance that it’s every bit as unacceptable to claim “gayness” as it is “blackness” in denying service to a potential customer. Ethically, neither is defensible. No one chose to be African-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American, trans-American, or just American. Had I been given a choice, I would not have taken the LGBT option; it would have been much easier to be straight. What matters to LGBT people is not as much the purported “right” to discriminate on the basis of sexual identity (which was never a choice to we individuals who deviate from the “straight” majority”) but rather the implication that we are somehow less than people and are therefore not deserving of the same rights and privileges afforded those whose birth granted them access to rights and privileges denied others. Let me make this crystal clear — at no point did any LGBT person decide that it was the cool thing to do to be queer.

The choice involved here is the choice to actively prioritize the supposed rights of cis- and straight individuals at the expense of LGBT individuals. There’s no debate to be had; Indiana’s bill — which was hastily amended and signed — had one purpose: to deny queer individuals their constitutional rights.

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~ by Benji on 2 April 2015.

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