do you actually think that they are getting special treatment? homosexual especially UNfair treatment. They are not being treated as equals. And the "books" that you are referring to are in need of changes. If everyone thought like you we would not have those laws to begin with, and we would all still be under British control.
Bigot- a person who is uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political or other ideals.
So, yes, you happen to be a bigot.
While no one may deserve "special" rights, I don't think that's the issue at hand, and while you seem to accuse gays of whining, it really comes across as though you are the one who is whining since you don't have all the facts. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution says, in part: "...nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." That doesn't refer to any special rights, it explicitly refers to EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. Here are a few highlights of what "special" rights heterosexuals get under the law, that homosexuals do not. This list is just a short portion of the roughly 1,100 federal benefits granted to a heterosexual couple, but at least provides a few real life examples, including employment and taxes. The following are a list of things for which someone in the U.S. may be descriminated against, legally, in 2007, simply for being gay: In a majority of states (don't quote me, but last I remember, I think it was 31), employment may be refused or terminated, simply for being gay; Military service will be terminated if homosexuality is discovered; Hospital visitation and medical decision-making for seriously ill or incapacitated partner; Access to spousal benefits such as social security, health insurance and pensions; Access to family/medical leave and bereavement leave; Automatic right of inheritance when no will exists, Automatic right of inheritance even WHEN a will exists because "family" will contest; Significant tax benefits, particularly with regard to owning a home together; Obligation to pay child support; custody and visitation rights; If an employer does provide domestic partner health insurance, instead of it being "pre-tax" such as for legal spouses, it is deducted "post-tax" because the IRS doesn't recognize a domestic partner as "legitimate, further, the employer's share of the health insurance premium is added to the W-2 at year end as "imputed income" and adds to the tax burden for the same reason." With all the talk of health care in this country, of all things we could tax, health insurance when an employer is generous enough to offer it, but ONLY to homosexuals? Domestic partners cannot even legally mail an absentee ballot for for an election because they are not a spouse or family member as defined by state statute, it's a FELONY to MAIL SOMETHING for their partner! Then of course there is the notion of marrying the person they love. So, are you starting to see some of the things for which gay people do not have the same rights as everybody else? Not "special" rights, same rights, that is, Equal Protection under the law.
You are right in some respects but I had to vote no on your statements. Plankhead is right. White anglo males don't have to worry. They have all the rights. How about sharing them with others? It took Civil rights acts starting in 1866 and again in 1871, 1875, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1991, title vii and still many of our people are oppessed. Why do we have to debate if a black man or a white woman or whoever can be elected president? Why do we have to debate who can marry? Why do we have to define in law who can be fired without cause? I would say it is from the residual bias that has always existed against certain groups of people. Ask Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, Women, Gays, Lesbians, Transexuals, religious minorities and many, many other groups if they are discriminated against. You live a white privileged life and cannot even begin to comment on the experience of others. Indiginous Americans spoke of reserving judgement until you had walked a mile in their mocassins. Until you can truly say you have walked in my shoes, you have no right to say I am not oppressed. You have no right to say I don't need a little legislative help to counter the bias and cruelty inflicted by people of this country. We may be the greatest country in the world, as some would like to say, but we have a very long way to go to fulfill the dream of the founders. Of course, they were white anglos too. Yet if we interpret words like "all men are created equal" and don't apply that principle, we have failed as a nation. If we do not provide "liberty and justice for all" we have failed. To date we have failed miserably.