Monday, July 4, 2011
Today is Independence Day in the United States - where we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. In the years following the Declaration, the American colonies fought a long, hard, and victorious war against the British Crown. In the end, with the help of the French, the American colonies were able to defeat the British and unite themselves under the Articles of Confederation to form the United States of America.
For over two centuries since that fateful day in 1776, the ideals of the Declaration of Independence have been debated by each and every generation, which decide for themselves what the words of Jefferson meant when he said that "all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Our nation has extended these words from their original meaning of white propertied men to include individuals of all races, income brackets, and genders. It is high time that the words of the Declaration extend to ALL Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Only then, can the words of the Founding Fathers be complete.
If you have not read the "Deceleration For LGBT Equal Rights" I would encourage you to do so.