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Same-sex marriages (SSM), civil unions, & domestic partnerships

Review of changes in the U.S. between 2009-JUN
and 2012-MAR towards equality for LGBTs

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At their website,, "Obama for America" is promoting the changes towards equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered persons and transsexuals (LGBTs) that have ocurred during President Obama's first term in office. They posted the following image:

Changes in LGBT rights

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Comments in the above entries:

  • The 2010-JUN-09 and 2012-MARCH entries refer to the "true gender" of transgender persons and transsexuals. This is an ambiguous term, because religious and social conservatives refer to a person's true or actual gender to be their birth-assigned gender, while the vast majority of the LGBT community, religious and social liberals, and others refer to a person's identified gender as their "true gender." Thus, for example, most evangelicals refer to a male-to-female transsexual (MTF) as a man while LGBTs and most others refer to them as a woman.

  • The 2010-DEC-21 entry refers to restoring " 'sexual orientation' to the definition of human rights." This is a clear error because the main international statement on human rights -- the United Nations' "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" -- was only passed in 1948-DEC. It did not contain a reference to the LGBT community. "Adding" would be a better term to use in place of "restoring."

  • The 2012 entry describes North Carolina's Amendment 1 as potentially changing the state's constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. This is certainly how social and religious conservatives are promoting the amendment. However, it is only partly correct. It is a stealth amendment that would also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships for loving, committed same-sex couples. It would also deny any form of government recognition and protection for opposite-sex unmarried couples and their children. It is to be voted upon on 2012-MAY-08

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Originally posted: 2012-APR-23
Latest update: 2012-APR-23
Author: B.A. Robinson
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