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November 04, 2010

BTB: My existence is not a violation of your rights

Timothy Kincaid at Box Turtle Bulletin writes:

I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the notion of “balance” that some in the anti-gay industry are espousing.

I support the right of those who believe that homosexual acts are sinful and wish to encourage abstinence to have their voices heard. And those who think that the social acceptance of same-sex couples in society reduces public morality and will lead to social ills should be given the space to present their case.

But the false equivalencies that have been presented lately do not speak to an exchange of ideas, but rather to the assumptions of entitlement to which anti-gay activists think they are due.

The counterbalance to “I wish to advocate for gay rights” is not “you must be kept silent.” And there is no moral equivalency between “I wish to live unharmed” and “I wish to beat you to submission.” Yet these are not greatly exaggerated from that which we see presented.

Kincaid has some good examples, and he doesn't even mention The Washington Post.

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back in the day every time someone was invited to discuss something like for sodomy repeal or laws protecting LGB people from employment discrimination. I still remember reading where someone said that the equivalent to this would be if every time [the then Prime Minister of Israel] appeared on TV they had a representative from the American Nazi Party appear as well.

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