In this holiday season, with its central theme of peace, love and goodwill, we in the LGBT community have been reminded that there are some who will not afford us those very things in our lives.
In recent days we have seen, the Pope state in an address comparing homosexuality to the human equivalent of an ecological problem. Considering the recent conservative trends in the Roman Catholic Church and the ascendancy of the ultra right wing Benedict to the papal throne, these developments are not surprising.
The recent vote on Proposition 8 revealed even more Catholic involvement. Even though visibly, the Mormon Church contributed a lot of the monies and manpower for the advocacy of the passage of the proposition, San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer (formerly of the Salt Lake, Utah Diocese) was one of the key masterminds behind the effort.
There was a rape of a lesbian in San Francisco were her attackers used her sexuality as justification for the heinous act.
The United States did not sign a United Nations declaration to decriminalize homosexuality.
Barack Obama appointed openly anti same sex marriage Reverend Rick Warren to give the Presidential Inauguration Prayer.
There has been a petition posted with the California Supreme Court to declare all the 18,000 + same sex marriages void that were legally performed prior to the ban.
Of course there are also other churches and people of faith from all walks of life who support LGBT rights and same sex marriage. They see it as a civil rights issue.
Recently a candlelight vigil for Marriage Equality was Held in San Francisco and across the nation. See video below.
We must continue to have our voices heard and we must unite as a community to actively engage the government and the voting public to grant us the rights of every other American citizen.