President Obama decided to make things up with women by signing two executive actions intended to close the wage gap between men and women. These measures will ensure that men and women have equal footing on pay rate regardless of race and gender.
Women are happy. But what about LGBTs? Heather Cronk, the director of LGBT activist group GetEqual, says these measures are no good for the other genders. Lesbians, for example, experience discrimination in the work place such as getting fired the minute the boss finds out about the other female partner. If they don’t get fired, they get paid less.
She says that the solution to this problem is for Obama to sign the federal nondiscrimination policy he vowed to support back in 2008. Almost four six years later, the executive order is still not approved. This policy would have been a vital instrument to push forward the equality in the work place for men, women, and LGBTs. Signing this order this year would be appropriate considering that 17 states are already enjoying the right to legal same-sex marriage. But it seems that the gender equality can only do so far, as of now.
Even the issue of same-sex marriage is still being met with a lot of heat especially by conservative religious groups like the Westboro Baptist Church. This group is particularly notorious for flaunting protest signs that read “God hates fags” or “Fags should die”. They’re well-known for picketing the 1998 funeral of the college student who was beaten to death because he was gay.
Seeing Blake Shelton tickets reminds one of the Twitter stunt he did to shameface the said homophobic group for calling him an adulterer and his wife, Miranda Lambert, a whore. He famously retorted to the group: “I got one more sin for ya…Blow me.”
This religious group may be an extremist, but they somehow represent the remnants of gender discrimination in the land. Even in the era of freedom to marry who one wants regardless of gender, LGBTs still experience discrimination. The equality for pay rates for all genders, including the LGBTs, should be pushed forward to truly live up to the “freedom for all” mantra.