I am a Canadian that fully supports the following words of Michelle Obama, First Lady of the Untied States of America. I want to live in a world where no religion deprives minorities of fundamental human rights. We are born with physical differences in terms of skin colour, eyes, height. gender and sexual orientation. We are born into a religion or into an agnostic or atheistic family. We grow up with cultural values. Later on, we can change our religion and examine cultural norms. Religion can be a great source of wisdom, but it can also be a death knell when it comes to sexual orientation.
The World Psychiatric with nearly 200 member countries issued a declaration in March 2016 to the United Nations and world leaders. It urged them to repeal sodomy laws. It stated that homosexuality cannot be reversed and is therefore NOT a choice.
In defiance to scientific knowledge states like North Carolina and Mississippi have passed horrible discrimination laws against gays and transgendered persons. What short memories these states have. Segregation of bathrooms, restaurants, jobs, hotel accommodation, and cinema houses are less than 80 years ago.
Mrs.Obama: Regal Woman of Wisdom and Kindness:
What is covered in HB 1523? It legally protects religious institutions should they decide to not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified, deserving LGBTI families.
It also protects state employees if they refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and sanctions the use of ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.
During her address to graduates, Mrs. Obama’s cautioned that if people fail to exercise their fundamental right to vote, ‘I guarantee that so much of the progress we’ve fought for will be under threat.’
‘Statehouses will continue to roll back voting rights and write discrimination into the law. We see it right here in Mississippi — just two weeks ago – how swiftly progress can hurtle backward, how easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.
Said the First Lady: ‘… We’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors – straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African Americans, it’s about all Americans. It’s about making things more just, more equal, more free for all our kids and grandkids.’
HB 1523 is considered by LGBTI activists to be the worst of the anti-gay billscurrently under consideration by state legislatures in the US.