Monday, August 24, 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: LGBT Discrimination

I am really happy John Oliver decided to tackle a huge misconception that's out there. Now that gay marriage is legal everywhere in the United States, nearly 70% of Americans believe that it is illegal to discriminate against gay people. But the sad and surprising truth is that it is actually still legal in 31 states to do just that. Gay people may be able to marry the person they love and that is wonderful, but until we pass laws that protect gay people from being fired, evicted, or refused service for no other reason than they are gay we should not rest. So yes, let's do celebrate the fact that marriage equality is now the law of the land, but let's not get too complacent yet. As long as restaurants kick gay people to the curb because they "don't like fags", florists and cake bakers refuse to supply their goods for gay weddings because they feel like they are participating in something they do not believe in, and pediatricians turn away the children of same-sex couples because it offends their religious beliefs, we'd better quit tipping the champagne and get back to work. We are definitely not done yet.


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