The term second class citizen is often used to describe a person who is systematically discriminated gainst within a state, despite their nominal status as a citizen or legal resident there, and instead of being protected by the law, the law disregards a second-class citizen.
In America, LGBT citizens are treated as second class citizens. There are 1138 rights that heterosexual Americans enjoy that are denied to homosexuals. There are no federal hate crime laws or protections from discrimination for gay citizens. They are not allowed to serve openly in the military. There is a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. They cannot file joint tax returns. And in most states they may be denied seeing their sick/dying partner in the hospital, participating in their partner’s medical decisions, or adopting children.
There is no place in America for inequalities under the law, especially in 2009. If history has taught us anything, it’s that all human beings deserve equal rights and protection under the law. History has shamed America before, and it will shame America again. We are witnessing history in the making right now, and we are a part of the change and a part of the progress.
One day your grandkids will read in their history book of the gay rights struggle and they will ask you, did people really believe gay people didn’t deserve equal rights? What was wrong with those people?ß