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  •  To answer your question, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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    liberaldemdave

    If someone doesn't support the idea that people should have equal legal rights regardless of sexual orientation, then that person is a bigot.  

    Now, mind you, bigot is a strong word (which I suspect is why you chose it), and we don't like to think of people as bigots merely because they haven't embraced something we think of as rather new, i.e., marriage equality.  But if a person thinks that my sexual orientation is a permissible basis for treating me differently under the law, then yes, that person's got a problem.  

    I know lots of straight progressives think it's okay if they're in the "marriage is a bridge too far" camp.  It isn't, though.  If you really believe gays and lesbians are the equals of straight people, then you should be for us having the same rights as straight people do.  If you think denying gay people the right to marry is not such a big deal, then I'd urge you to think a great deal more about the issue.  De jure discrimination has effects beyond the mere denial of legal rights.  It's also officially stigmatizing and marks an entire class of people as inferior.  

    Hope that answers your question.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:29:43 AM PST

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