After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands

Jun 16, 2016

By Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez

For a fleeting moment this week, it seemed as if the massacre in Orlando, Fla., was having the unlikely and unintended impact of helping to bridge the chasm between Republicans and many in the gay community.

Mitt Romney offered “a special prayer for the L.G.B.T. community” after he learned of the attack. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida granted an interview to The Advocate, the gay news magazine, and expressed outrage at the Islamic State’s persecution of gays. And Donald J. Trump repeatedly expressed solidarity with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, declaring, “I will fight for you” — an unprecedented show of support from a presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

But the deep divide over gay rights remains one of the most contentious in American politics. And the murder of 49 people in an Orlando gay club has, in many cases, only exacerbated the anger from Democrats and supporters of gay causes, who are insisting that no amount of warm words or reassuring Twitter posts change the fact that Republicans continue to pursue policies that would limit legal protections for gays and lesbians.


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4 comments on “After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands

  • Representative Rick W. Allen of Georgia, the Republican who last month read the Romans verse that says of homosexuals “they which commit such things are worthy of death” as the House was about to vote on a gay rights amendment, has not apologized.

    Nor should he apologise. It is written in what he would call The Good Book, so it must be true, and he has the duty to preach it. The text in Romans (1: 18 – 32) does indeed say that gays deserve death, but it also includes the covetous, malicious, envious, murderers, debaters, the deceitful, the malign and those who whisper. In the next verse are also inventors of evil things, the implacable and the unmerciful. With a list like that, all to be topped by the righteous, there wouldn’t be many people left in the State House to vote on the bill.



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  • Yes, the bible hates gays, but it also condemns nearly everyone else to death or worse. Why cherry pick?

    Very simple, most people are not gay. They are however, Sunday shoppers, owners of statues, naughty children, adulterers…

    Gays are a safe scapegoat.



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  • @OP – the fact that Republicans continue to pursue policies that would limit legal protections for gays and lesbians.

    Meanwhile in Scotland a very different approach is in place!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-36567069
    A bus driver has been arrested over claims he verbally abused a young gay couple and barred them from his bus.

    The incident is alleged to have taken place on board a McGill’s bus in Glasgow on Friday 10 June.

    The driver is reported to have sworn and told the two 20-year-old male passengers that “people like you” should not be on the McGill’s bus.

    Police Scotland confirmed a 46-year-old man was arrested under a law that deals with homophobic offences.

    A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that on the 17th June a 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with an alleged offence under section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Act 2010 which is alleged to have occurred in Peat Road, in Pollok, on June 10.

    “A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

    The couple are reported to have described sitting in shock during the journey, but said they challenged the driver as they got off.

    They claimed he told them they were banned from using McGill’s buses in future and that he refused to let them on his bus a few days later.



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  • @OP – But the deep divide over gay rights remains one of the most contentious in American politics. And the murder of 49 people in an Orlando gay club has, in many cases, only exacerbated the anger from Democrats and supporters of gay causes, who are insisting that no amount of warm words or reassuring Twitter posts change the fact that Republicans continue to pursue policies that would limit legal protections for gays and lesbians.

    Meanwhile some Americans are taking action to mitigate the effects of the bigotry!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36570323/angels-protect-orlando-funeral-from-anti-gay-westboro-protesters

    People in Orlando have dressed as guardian angels to protect the funeral of one of the Orlando shooting victims from homophobic protesters.

    A small number of Westboro Baptist Church followers, attended Saturday’s service for Christopher Leinonen.

    The anti-gay organisation only has about 40 members but is well known for its hate speeches and funeral protests.

    The handful of demonstrators was blocked from view by around 200 counter-protesters.

    Some of those wore huge white linen wings, which they used to further screen the funeral proceedings.

    The wings, made by volunteers from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s costume and set departments, first appeared at the 1998 funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man murdered in Wyoming.

    Another counter-demonstrator, Wesley Wizner, came to stand outside the funeral with a huge rainbow screen.

    “We originally made it as large as possible because we didn’t know the location, we wanted to make sure we could block the [Westboro Baptist Church] signs,” he explained.

    “We just intended to make sure we were showing as much support as possible and they [anti-gay protesters] were running into as large of an opposition as we could create.

    Christopher was 32 when he was killed at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last week.



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