In his recent op-ed, Kirkpatrick Sale wonders why the gay community has gained “so much clout,” apparently unwarranted, especially in light of (what he calls) an “innocent law” in Indiana. In the context of other minority communities, which he writes have either a greater moral claim or a much larger population than gays, Sale scratches his head.
As an example of how a minority community should act, he cites that the 6 million Jews in America are not boycotting stores that sell pork.
You’re missing the point, Mr. Sale. Imagine if there were businesses unwilling to sell their goods and services to those 6 million American Jews.
Homosexuality crosses all lines of race, gender, culture and geography. Ironically, it’s a more common denominator across the human race than just about any other minority characteristic. Based on dispersion alone, chances are greater that people we know, admire, respect and love are gay. Therefore, there are millions of us who care about how they are treated.
Sexuality is not an outward-facing physical feature, such as skin color. It is an invisible trait that people are born with. This truth adds a level of complexity to culture and politics.
Some people believe that a person can choose his or her sexuality, and so should not be protected by equal protection laws. It’s a curious line of reasoning, since people choose a religion, but are indeed protected under the law based on their religious choices.
Gay people often have to hide their true nature to avoid forms of hatred, intolerance and discrimination. Where “we the people” can protect them from such systemic discrimination, we should.
Gay rights are human rights, and the rest of the world is starting to discover this and agree with it.