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Get Equal

I just found this great site for gay rights and marriage equality. While reading through their site, I found this letter from their director and I wanted to share it with you. Please go to their website, getequal.org and read more about what we can all do to help in the good fight.

Dear friends,

Last week, we asked you to call on President Obama to support full equality for LGBT Americans. We understand that’s not a popular stance for everyone, especially heading into an election year. But when a President hides behind religion to justify discrimination, we’re not OK with giving him a pass. The President has said repeatedly that his refusal to recognize marriage equality is rooted in his faith:

“I’m a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe in that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” [1]

So, while we will continue to press the President to “evolve” on marriage equality, what we haven’t fully explored and called out yet is the fact that the President — and so many others — have rooted hesitation around marriage equality in their understanding of religion. And it is clear that religion-based bigotry helps to offer political cover to those who want to hide behind the confines of religion, pushing many into the destructive confines of the closet.

While we have seen some religious groups take positive strides toward full equality, groups like the Southern Baptist Convention — known for institutional discrimination against many different groups — take that misuse of religion to the extreme.

That’s why we’re asking you to join us — and join other groups like Faith In America, Truth Wins Out, Soulforce, Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, Believe Out Loud, and others — in fighting the root cause of much LGBT discrimination in this country, religion-based bigotry. We’re calling on the Southern Baptist Convention to issue an apology to the LGBT community for its repeated and reckless discrimination, and for the very real pain and destruction that discrimination has caused.

Read more about the harm that the Southern Baptist Convention has caused the LGBT community, and join us in the call here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6535/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7147

I identify as a person of faith. And sometimes, because of the immense harm that religion-based bigotry has caused my friends and neighbors, it’s harder to come out as a person of faith than as a lesbian. It’s time for that to change. It’s time to call out religion-based bigotry for what it is, and to remove religion as a crutch for discrimination.

We’re starting with the Southern Baptist Convention, whose clergy has for years terrorized LGBT youth and their families with promises of hellfire and brimstone. Your signatures will be delivered directly to church members and leaders at their big annual convention in Phoenix next week.

Join us in calling on the SBC to apologize here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6535/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7147

We cannot continue giving cover to those intent on injuring our community or just not courageous enough to stand up for us. Join us in calling out the Southern Baptist Convention, and asking them to join the hundreds of thousands of fair-minded people of faith across the country who speak out for equality because of their faith. I’m one of those people who believes whole-heartedly that religion calls on us to work toward justice and equality — and we intend to do just that as organizers with GetEQUAL Arizona, H.E.R.O., No Longer Silent, and others deliver these signatures to Phoenix next week!

Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!

Robin McGehee, Director”

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[1] “Obama And Religion: Where Will He Stand On Same-Sex Marriage In 2012?” — http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201103100012

4 Responses to “Get Equal”

  1. Jazmenha June 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm Permalink

    This is an excellent post and very rich with more advocacy resources- which I’m always on the look out for. Get involved in this critical fight for equality!!! (Shameless plug if I may- the AIDS walk SF is July 17 and this effects absolutely everyone regardless of being gay/straight because we are all members of human- kind) so please get involved in this and or the advocacy groups posted above in this post. Great post Sasha-loving your new CCL format.

  2. Jul June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm Permalink

    I love this post. I never “get” why GLBT people stand behind Obama when he hasn’t really been any kind of advocate – he says great things, but does nothing.

    Remember when his words were used during the Prop 8 debate to defend “traditional marriage?” Did he tell them to stop? no. He defended the gov’t litigating to support “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the courts (even when he was speaking the contrary) until others changed it…then he signed the bill like a hero; he doesn’t give federal employees who are married in Mass, etc..the same benefits as their hetero married peers (and also supports the gov’t battling them in court), so what gives?

    He has said the same thing that many Democrats and even some Republicans have said, which is that he supports Civil Unions, but not Marriage. He has no spine, and is not for equal rights. His actions say more than his pretty speeches. I am not embarrassed to say that I’m not voting for him in 2012.

    I support advocacy groups, but moreover, I’ll vocally support and put my money behind another candidate in the next presidential election. And, I won’t support any group that gives money to the Obama campaign just to get thrown under the bus again. War ending, gay rights, closing Guantanamo,etc…are all great to say…but you know what they say. The more things “change,” the more they stay the same.

  3. Jazmenha June 25, 2011 at 9:02 am Permalink

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/gay-marriage-legalized-new-york_n_884434.html
    Add one more state to our success story. (WWG- You live in NY so we will all be expecting invites. :) )

  4. M girl June 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm Permalink

    they just legalized gay marriage where I live!! :)

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