The Spectre of “Gay Rights”

Before the recent hijacking of the masses’ collective psyche by the theatre of the Anthony case, New York became the sixth state to legalize same sex marriage joining Iowa,Massachusetts, Vermont,New Hampshire,and Connecticut .

It has been heralded as a major victory for “gay rights”( I will explain why I used the quotations). I’m personally indifferent on the issues for a variety of reasons.

I think the term “gay rights” is a misnomer. Homosexuals are free to do anything they want with the exception of marriage in 44 states and in my estimation, it’s not the want to be married, it’s certain benefits that the institution grants.

The recent CNN interview with former New York Giants player David Tyree reminded me of something I have been seeing that compares gay “rights” to that of the struggle of the Civil Rights movement. I have even seen shirts that state that being gay is the new black. While I do not agree with Mr. Tyree’s stance on the issue (he is stauchly opposed to homosexual marriage and stated it would lead to “anarchy”), I respected the manner in which he was able to articulate himself. What I had a problem with was the interviewer, Kyra Phillips insinuating that because Tyree was black then he should be in favor of gay marriage. I know homosexuals have been mistreated in various instances, but to try to correlate the two is an insult not only to black people now but especially to the elders and to those who transitioned during the movement. Homosexuals can’t say they had police dogs and firehouses turned on them or had separate entrances in buildings. I have never seen gay and straight water fountains. Can a homosexual say they have been pulled over for DWG (Driving While Gay) or had the joy of being followed around a store? Granted, there have been many gay people maimed and even killed just because of their sexual orientation, but for every Matthew Shepherd, there are hundreds of Emmett Tills.

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