Democracy, Belief, and Belief in Democracy

BahamasPrideFlag-AranhaThere’s a petition circulating right now. I’ve signed it. I’m also promoting it. And I’m apologizing right now to those people for whom my promotion of the petition is problematic. I recognize the dilemma you might be facing. It’s not my dilemma, but if it is yours, I respect it. I even apologize for not allowing the issue to go away.

But I’m not going to allow it to go away. Because discrimination is not right, and I will not support it in whatever form it takes.

Here’s the issue:

“ATTORNEY General, Allyson Maynard Gibson said yesterday the Constitution should be amended to end all forms of discrimination, except discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Tribune 11/06/2013)

Amendments to existing law or introduction of new legislation (whether constitutional or statute) should include provisions for the protection and free expression of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the Bahamas.

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Original story: http://www.tribune242.com/news/2013/jun/11/end-discrimination-except-over-sexuality/

“I Have Been Discriminated” ~ Erin Greene:http://www.tribune242.com/news/2013/jun/12/i-have-been-discriminated-against-my-sexuality/

And here’s the petition:

To: Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General

Sincerely,
[Your name]

I believe that in a democracy, one citizen should not be any less equal than another citizen. If we are removing discrimination from our constitution, let us remove it altogether, even if the process of making everyone equal may open up challenges to our personal convictions. It is that equality under the constitution that guarantees us our right to hold our convictions.

If you agree with me, consider signing the petition. Let us stand for democracy together.

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