What year is it?

Help me out here – is it 2014, or is it the 1960s? I’m a little lost. I thought we figured out that discrimination against a group of people was a generally bad idea and that we shouldn’t do it.  It really appears that being homophobic and/or anti-transgender is the new racism, hidden behind a cloak of “religious freedom.”  The fact that we have states in our working towards passing laws that bear a striking resemblance to Jim Crow laws is unbelievably disturbing.  There is also a lot of irony around the fact that we claim this whole separation of church and state thing, yet religion is being used as the basis for these laws.  “Land of the free”?  More like “land of the free to discriminate.”

So, why is this happening?  It defies all common sense, really.  Until you remember that there are actually no laws that protect the civil rights of the LGBTQ community.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 only prevents people from being discriminated against based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – not their sexuality or gender identity.  And now, the religious right is trying to pass laws that claim the LGBTQ community actually discriminates against them because of their religious beliefs, so they should be able to refuse services to them.  Because, we all know, since being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered person, or queer is a fucking choice, everyone identified as the previous is just doing it to piss everyone off, especially religious people.  I mean, duh.

I also find a lot of irony in the fact that Republicans are attempting to pass these bills, since they usually want less government involvement in the lives of citizens.  Well, I guess unless they feel like their rights are being violated… by something that has absolutely nothing to do with them.  Just as there is no logical argument that a white person loving a black person is bad for society, there is no logical argument that can argue that two ladies or two dudes being in love is bad for society.  Hiding behind the “it’s for the kids” argument is a total load of shit, too, since studies have shown that two loving parents, regardless of gender, are better for children than just one parent.  Letting kids be adopted by a pair of loving adults gives them a far better chance at success in life, regardless of the gender of those two adults.

The way I see it, this is just legalized hate.  Just like it was before 1964.  When you turn your clocks back Sunday, don’t forget to reset the year 50 years back, too.