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LGBT opponents were right: their support is vanishing

Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty  February 26, 2013 08:08 PM

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ACLU of Massachusetts communications director Chris Ott wrote this guest blog.

Opponents of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people aren't right about much, but they were right about one thing: how quickly their support would vanish.

Dreading the indefensibility of prejudice would explain their hot, sudden rush during the 2000s to pass constitutional amendments to block the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples. They essentially tried rigging the game in their favor before their support simply melted away.

It might also explain the despicable cheap shots they've used to oppose, in vain, basic legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

In just under a decade since Massachusetts led the way, the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples has gone from something that was not just unimaginable but simply unimagined, by most people.

In the same way, how many people would have thought, even just a few years ago, that frat brothers anywhere would do what members of Phi Alpha Tau at Emerson College have done? They're raising money for a brother's gender reassignment.

As important as it is to win freedom and equal rights at the level of politics or in court, it's important to win them at the level of simple human kindness. This Emerson fraternity's move is the latest example.

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Carol Rose is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career working for and writing about human rights and civil liberties, both in the United States and abroad. More »

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