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    May 23, 2010

    The Rand Paul reality for gays

    Posted by: Chris

    Rand paul senate republican kentucky civil rights gays
    Some Republicans are trying to brush it off as the kind of debate you have in you freshman dorm at 2 a.m.  Not so for us gays.

    The objection raised by Rand Paul, the GOP Senate nominee from Kentucky, to the role of government in the enforcement of civil rights laws in the private sector is very real, and has been raised repeatedly by conservative Democrats and Republicans alike to explain away their opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other gay civil rights measures. 

    Paul has suggested that the marketplace would take care of itself when it comes to mistreatment of minorities by private business owners.  Consider this timely example from ABC News, taken from a diner in the New York City -- hardly a bastion of anti-gay hysteria -- where almost no one comes to the defense of two gay couples with children being ejected from a restaurant by a waiter because of no other reason but their sexual orientation...

    The libertarian argument against the public accommodations provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, much like the "small government," "pro-business" opposition to ENDA today, is not in and of itself racist or homophobic, but it undoubtedly lends creedence and cover to those who are. And since it's still being trotted out during the civil rights battles of this era, Republican leaders should be called to task for not consigning it to where it belongs -- those late-night dormitory arguments of theory and abstract.

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    1. Michael on May 27, 2010 7:16:12 PM:

      Well, at least for gays and lesbians, he might have a teeny-tiny piece of a point. Unlike the federal government and the military, most of the Fortune 500 stopped discriminating against us years or decades ago.

    1. Nursing pajamas on May 27, 2010 8:07:28 PM:

      " Well, at least for gays and lesbians, he might have a teeny-tiny piece of a point. "

      indeed, i agree with that Michael, at least i got his point also. LOL

    1. bernstein on May 27, 2010 8:32:46 PM:

      hi chris --

      just stoppin by to send u support & hugs.

      your friend always --

      --bernstein

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      Always look on the bright side of life, its to short not to.

    1. cbdcs4u on Aug 1, 2010 11:09:25 AM:

      Yeah. Get Laid Tonight, like the majority of folks in the diner, don't let inconsequential stuff like this bother you. After all, it's not your problem, right?

      Given your screen name, it would seem that getting laid is more important to you than the civil rights of your brothers and sisters.

    1. libhomo on Aug 8, 2010 12:02:50 PM:

      Rand Paul truly is a monstrous bigot.

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    1. Penegra on Sep 21, 2010 8:33:52 AM:

      Why don't people used to with the concept of let's live and let them live..

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      It's amazing that so many in that clip didn't do anything. If this was a racial issue, people would have been screaming about it, yet because it affects gay couples the discrimination is fine?

      I have no trouble stating categorically that I would be one of the first people to blast the waiter and management before leaving in disgust.

      I would love to see the same experiment in that clip conducted in a club or bar, aimed exclusively at younger people. I think the results would be far different, and it would reflect the real dangers gay people face more directly. Although, you'd probably have to have security staff on standby and a some guys who could handle themselves playing the gay couple.

      We've done the polite exploration of homophobia, it's sanitized and relatively civil. Now lets see the raw reality of being gay, in your 20's or 30's, and facing the violence that comes with it.

    1. Tadalis on Oct 19, 2010 5:37:40 AM:

      Rand Paul, and other generally Right Libertarians have no problem with a Gay or Lesbian couple having a marriage ceremony in a public park or public facility with a couple of attorneys, a priest or rabbi, and scores of friends and family.
      In any event, all of this is academic. Rand Paul may be a little rough around the edges, but Jack Conway, his opponent, is the John Kerry of Kentucky: worthy and dull.

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