Monday, September 26, 2011

Progressive LGBT Rights Signal Shift in Political Climate

The Washington Post addressed the progress gained by LGBT civil rights organizations, like PFLAG National, over the past several years. Several impressive accomplishments were included:
  • The first openly gay male federal judge was confirmed by Senate majority this year. [The New York Times]
  • President Obama has nominated four other gay candidates for the bench. [Politico]
  • California seeks to require all public schools to include LGBT history in their textbooks.[The Advocate]
  • New York lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage despite opposition from the Catholic Conference. [The New York Times]
  • President Obama has signed the Congress’ repeal of DADT, allowing LGB people to serve openly in the military. [The White House]
The article continues with discussion about the current and future debates surrounding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and predicts that Americans will see a decision made about the controversial law in 2013. Many political figures are voicing their support for LGBT equality legislation, including the repeal of DOMA and ensuring that LGBT people have equal protection under American law.

It is our hope that in upcoming years we see the advancement of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and the Uniting American Families Act. All of these bills directly impact our families, friends, and children. Each bill seeks to protect families and keep our nation’s schools and work places safe for our LGBT loved ones. As the Washington Post article concludes, “politics are changing…but that doesn’t mean [LGBT] Americans should wait.”

Take Action- Call or write to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support or co-sponsor these bills. Stress their relevance to your friends and family—a personal story goes a long way! Visit PFLAG’s Take Action Center to find the contact information for the officials in your state.

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