Culture shift re: homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.
Events during 2009-OCT illustrating
|2009-OCT-07: USA: Kevin Jennings appointed to Department of Education:
Kevin Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
(GLSEN). It has involved students of all sexual orientations in public schools
across the U.S. Individual chapters have been very successful in lowering the
level of bullying of GLBT students, and of heterosexual students who have been
perceived as GLBT. Jennings has been appointed as Assistant Deputy Secretary
of Education for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Reaction from
religious conservatives was quick:|
The mainstream media seem to have ignored his appointment.
|2009-OCT-07: ME: Same-sex marriage fight; poll results: A bill legalizing
same-sex marriage was signed into law in Maine
earlier in 2009. However a petition was successfully raised to prevent its
implementation and to require a "citizens' veto" referendum on election day: 2009-NOV-03. |
To date we have found three recent public opinion polls taken of Maine voters on the Question 1 referendum. A majority "NO" vote of the referendum would activate same-sex marriage (SSM) in Maine; a "YES" vote would prevent the law legalizing SSM from taking effect.
Using the date in the middle of each poll, results were:
Even though the margin of error is quite large for each of the polls, there is a suggestion that support for SSM is increasing in the state. More information.
The two sides in the fight over SSM have a war
chest totaling about 4.7 million dollars. The Catholic and
Protestant Christians fighting on the anti-SSM side have chosen to run a
fear-based campaign that does not appear to have
much validity. It may backfire on them.
|2009-OCT-17: Same-sex marriage discussion breaks Amazon system: On
2009-JUN-21, Astrin Ymris created a new Amazon discussion board to ask the
question: "What religious freedoms will be taken away if gay marriage is
allowed?" By OCT-17, the number of postings reached 9,999. The next posting
caused the discussion to fail, apparently because the system cannot handle
10,000 or more postings. I suppose that nobody at Amazon ever thought that
postings on a discussion group would ever grow that large.|
According to the claims of a few persons promoting marriage equality, the postings of opponents to SSM had not been able to identify a single lost freedom, except the freedom to live in a country that reserves marriages and the benefits of marriage to opposite-sex couples. The discussion has since been restarted and is continuing to be popular.
2009-OCT-22: Federal hate crime bill passes Congress: After a decade-long year battle, the bill has passed the federal House and Senate on 2009-OCT-22. President Obama has vowed to sign it into law by the end of the month. It will protect every person in the U.S. from being the victim of a hate crime in eight separate ways, on the basis of their:
2009-OCT-22: Resource Center for LGBT elders to be
established: Health and Human Services announced a
Administration on Aging grant to establish a resource center for older
LGBT persons. HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the center "... will
provide information, assistance, and resources for both LGBT organizations and
mainstream aging services providers at the state and community level to assist
them in the development and provision of culturally sensitive supports and
services." The Human Rights Campaign -- America's largest group
advocating equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations -- has
welcomed the Resource Center, believing that LGBT elders "... face
significant discrimination from senior care providers."
2009-OCT-28: President Obama signed the hate crimes bill into law: The law will help protect every person in the U.S. from being the victim of a hate crime in eight separate ways, on the basis of their:
This is the very first federal civil rights law to benefit GLBT persons.
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Copyright © 2009 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initial posting: 2009-OCT-07
Latest update: 2009-OCT-26
Author: B.A. Robinson
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