October 4th, 2006
|10:34 am - Gay Rights|
"And I believe in freedom. Freedom for all men. No matter how stupid they are, or how much better I am than they are." - Steve Martin
Seriously though, there is a statement meme making the rounds, "post this if you believe in gay rights." Unfortunately it's written so poorly that I can't tell if they are suggesting that if you, as an lj user believe in ...just Gay Rights, which doesn't tell me if it's equal protection under the law, equal rights, or special rights, and I'm a little bit from Cincinnati, so I'm sensitive to the issue of equal rights vs special rights, or if you believe in gay rights on livejournal. Which sounds silly on its face, but there's a whole breastfeeding rights icon discussion, so who only knows. Also, the quote they use to represent homosexual rights is a male oriented quote, so with one thing and another, I don't feel it's inclusive or representative.
So to conclude - I believe in equal rights for everyone. I don't believe in special rights. I used to believe in affirmative action, but sometimes I don't anymore, and there's no consistency to when I do and when I don't. It's not a personal gain issue, because to the best of my knowledge, I have never directly benefited from affirmative action, although I've known people who have and I was ambivalent at the time about it.
I'm actually almost wiccan in my equal rights believes, with their "and it harm none, do as you will." The government should support that basic theory. Now go away and do good in the world.
But of the original meme, there remains naught but a title, and an idea. (meme came from the_elfster in its original form.)
Edit: The problem with reading LJ backwards, particularly when you're well behind, is that by the time you do catch up, other people have said things better than you. Since then, I've seen a few thoughts on the original meme, and by and large, they cover the same issues, except they address the basic point, which I didn't address, to wit, what's the point of posting a general statement like that in your lj? However, still and all, with everything else that's gone on, no one has ever said it better than Steve Martin as quoted in the line that begins this post. Read it again, just for fun.
Current Mood: contemplative
I don't believe in gay rights, just like I don't believe in Jewish rights, white rights, Catholic rights, whatever else...I do, however, believe in human rights.