Homosexuality, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual topics:
Comparing current discrimination
LGBTs with inter-racial
couples in the past.
Comparing the trend of public opinion on same-sex marriage with the earlier trend on inter-racial marriage:
During American history, religious, social, and political liberals have often been the first groups to actively promote human rights for various groups. In comparison, most conservatives have lagged behind in their support of the same rights -- particularly when religious beliefs are involved. A problem can arise for conservatives if they delay too long in embracing enhanced human rights. Over time, they may no longer be viewed as devout believers who are simply exercising their religious freedom. They may be increasingly viewed as bigots.
Consider inter-racial marriage as an example. Public opinion polls showed that:
- In 1958, 94% of U.S. adults were opposed to interracial marriages.
- Nine years later, in 1967, when the Supreme Court legalized such marriages, 72% of adults were still opposed. Also, 48% favored criminal punishments for interracial couples who actually did marry.
- After a further 46 years had passed, by 2013, 87% of adults favored allowing interracial marriage.
- During late 2016, the Focus Feature's movie "Loving" was released. It features actors Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. It chronicles the experience of Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested in 1959-JUL in Virginia. They were charged with a felony: the crime of entering into an interracial marriage. They fought their case up to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
Some time between 1967 and 2013, a substantial number of U.S. adults would probably have started to consider persons opposed to interracial marriage to be racially bigoted.
By 2015, it was the LGBT community, composed of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender individuals, transsexuals, and others who were the main focus of conflict over human rights in the United States -- particularly the right to marry. When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriages, much of the conflict switched focus to transgender/transsexual persons.
Over the years, the principal discriminated group has changed, and become smaller. About 16% of the U.S. population are Black or African American;
4 10% are lesbian, gay or bisexual; 0.6% are transgender. The next group who are the focus of discrimination in the future will probably be even smaller.
Today, there are still some people in the U.S. who would like to restore human slavery, if for no other reason than it was allowed and regulated in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures (Old and New Testament). There are still individuals who would like to bring back the laws from the colonial era which specified the death penalty for persons who had engaged in same-gender sexual behavior. One of the biblical passages that touch on such behavior is Leviticus 20:13. In many Bible translations into English, the verse actually requires execution. Both groups are widely considered bigoted today by most American adults.
The Odgaards in Iowa are the first case of which we are aware where so many of a store's potential customers have used the term "bigot" against owners of a company who have insisted on exercising their religious freedom to discriminate. We expect that the percentage of U.S. adults who approve of gay marriage -- which is now about 61% 1-- will continue to increase over time. Other cases similar to the Odgaards will likely follow.
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- 2016-MAY: Gallup found that support for gay marriage exceeded 6 out of 10 American adults. Their poll found that 61% believed that "marriages between same-sex couples should ... be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages." 37% were opposed.
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Original posting: 2016-DEC-23
Latest update : 2016-DEC-24
Author: B.A. Robinson