President Obama’s LGBT Support
Last week President Barack Obama publicly declared for the first time that he believes same sex couples should have the right to marry. This is an incredible, historic moment with huge implications for the US and the world. As many US states continue to ban gay marriage and 76 nations criminalize people because of who they love, President Obama has just stood up to boldly say that all love is equal!
Despite all of these recent historical landmarks in the race for equality, do you think that it will be enough to get the rest of our nation to see it through our eyes? There is no doubt that this is a great victory for us, but how many people are going to compromise their beliefs just because the President says he approves?
There are still a large percentage of US citizens who think that being gay is a choice and it is all about partaking in sexual activity. They cannot seem to open their minds enough to look around them and notice that this is clearly an issue based on fairness and equality.
Suze Orman was on The View recently and spoke about some of the real reasons why it is so important to be treated as equals. Of course people were outraged to hear what she had to say so instead of them listening to the valid points, they quickly grabbed on to points that were of no relevance to the subject. Here are some of the reasons why it is so important for us to continue to fight the fight and why we were so glad about the steps that our President has taken thus far.
- Estate Tax – When the spouse of the heterosexual couple passes away and gives the estate over to the surviving spouse, the surviving spouse pays no tax on the inheritance. Gay couples are taxed at 50% for estate inheritance.
- Social Security Payments – When a heterosexual spouse earning more per month passes away, the surviving spouse gets to keep the higher paying Social Security check. Gay couples do not, leaving a gay widow at risk of not being able to afford their current lifestyle.
- Child Protection Laws – Heterosexual couples can both legally adopt a child, gay couples cannot. This means that only one of the gay partners will legally be able to adopt the child. When one of the child’s gay parents passes away (the non-legal guardian) the child gets nothing. While the heterosexual couple’s child will receive support payments until they are in adulthood.
In a Day, not far from now, people will finally come to realize that it isn’t whose hand you hold or whose lips you kiss that determines whether or not you are an American or should have all of the rights of an American. Gays are genetically engineered this way and we are here to stay! No level of hate or suppression will ever quench what we feel is correct in our hearts. If everyone would stop judging what they imagine goes on in someone’s privacy, they would realize how easy it really would be for us all to get along.
I want to leave you with a quote from Suze Orman:
“It’s an emotional issue, it’s a financial issue. And it’s an issue that I really hope — if you know a gay person, if they’re your mother, your children, your cousin, your employee, your employer, I don’t care, your dog walker — I’m asking you all to vote for President Obama and make this a reality.”
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