President Obama Names the First LGBT National Monument

Jun 25, 2016

By Nora Kelly

President Obama on Friday announced the creation of the Stonewall National Monument, the first such memorial in U.S. history to pay homage to LGBT civil rights. It will protect the Stonewall Inn and its surrounding areas in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the site of a 1969 riot that catalyzed the LGBT equality movement. In a presidential proclamation released Friday afternoon, Obama wrote:

The Stonewall Uprising changed the nation’s history. After the Stonewall incident, the LGBT community across the nation realized its power to join together and demand equality and respect. Within days of the events, Stonewall seemed to galvanize LGBT communities across the country, bringing new supporters and inspiring LGBT activists to organize demonstrations to show support for LGBT rights in several cities. … The quest for LGBT equality after Stonewall evolved from protests and small gatherings into a nationwide movement.

In June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar. Patrons resisted police and began protesting outside, and soon their ranks swelled. Obama characterized the uprising as a “transformative event” in the history of the civil-rights movement, “on par with the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls and the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March.” The designation comes just days before another ground-breaking moment in the fight for LGBT equality: the first anniversary of the the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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  • Meanwhile, the separation of church and state helps block attempts to set up bigoted laws!

    A US judge has blocked a Mississippi law protecting religious objections to same-sex marriage a day before it was set to take effect.

    It favoured some religious beliefs over others and would mean unequal treatment for gay people, the judge said.

    The measure was intended to protect people who objected on religious grounds to gay marriage, extramarital sex and changing gender.

    State attorneys are expected to appeal the ruling.

    US District Judge Carlton Reeves issued the injunction blocking the law from taking effect on Friday.

    Mississippi’s “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” would have allowed those who cite religious beliefs to refuse a broad range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    Critics have said the law is so broad it could apply to almost anyone outside of a heterosexual marriage, affecting business practices, adoptions, foster care, school bathroom policies and marriage licences.

    “The state has put its thumb on the scale to favour some religious beliefs over others,” Judge Reeves wrote, adding that it violated the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.

    Republican Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who signed the bill into law in April, said he was disappointed at the ruling.

    “I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognise that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.”

    More than a dozen US states have passed or considered “religious liberty” laws in response to last June’s historic Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage nationwide.

    Those faith-blinkers and god-delusions really do disable their owner’s abilities to read and comprehend constitutional and legal requirements!

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