Friday, January 16, 2009

Resuscitating Civil Rights Commission

Mary Frances Berry has a great idea in this morning's in re: to LGBTQ marriage: resuscitate the Civil Rights Commission! She says that the Commission on Civil Rights is moribund, and has been moribund, since Reagan (she is a political beast). She thinks that the Commission could help the nation forward in figuring out the next step for LGBTQ couples in re: to gay marriage, as well as other civil right issues:

AS the country prepares to enter the Obama era, anxiety over the legal status and rights of gays and lesbians is growing. Barack Obama’s invitation to the Rev. Rick Warren, an evangelical pastor who opposes same-sex marriage, to give the invocation at his inauguration comes just as the hit movie “Milk” reminds us of the gay rights activism of the 1970s. Supporters of gay rights wonder if the California Supreme Court might soon confirm the legitimacy of Proposition 8, passed by state voters in November, which declares same-sex marriage illegal — leaving them no alternative but to take to the streets.

To help resolve the issue of gay rights, President-elect Obama should abolish the now moribund Commission on Civil Rights and replace it with a new commission that would address the rights of many groups, including gays.

Likewise, the Commission could help with gays in military service, gays and hate crimes bills, and gays and discrimination in the work place.

Click here for more.

We'll take all the help we can get in addressing the issue, but also acting on these issues...yes?




manxxman said...

OMG........there are gays in our military?

Brett Webb-Mitchell said...

And the Church, synagogue, and mosque...oh my!