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The Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
The Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People | American Civil Liberties Union
Is marriage a civil right? Federal civil rights law in the U. Using this standard, marriage has long been established as a fundamental right of all Americans. Marriage equality activists argue that the ability for all adults in the U. The operative constitutional text is Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified in This excerpt states:.
Civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers, Supreme Court rules
They apply in all aspects of regular life from trying. Civil rights and Civil Liberties both can be found written in the Declaration of Independences and in the Bill of Rights. Even though civil rights and civil liberties are in writing, both refer to different kinds of guaranteed protection. Civil liberties are different than Civil Rights. Where Civil Rights are to prevent the government from abusing us by treating the people wrong and unequally.
Last week, The Huffington Post reported on a new guide issued by Third Way, an "influential centrist Democratic group," for the purpose of helping lawmakers previously opposed to marriage equality take a public stance in support of the cause without earning the dreaded "flip-flopper" moniker. Not a bad idea, right? The document advises these new equality supporters to share their personal stories and those of family members and friends, emphasize that marriage is about love and commitment rather than engaging in a sterile discussion about rights, and meet people -- even those who currently oppose marriage equality -- where they are, knowing that they, too, have the potential to "evolve" on the issue.