Even though great strides have been made in the past decade or so in improving the rights of those historically discriminated against, for example, the LGBT community, minorities, and women, there is still room to improve. Most recently, HB623/SB666 and HB659/SB742 were both not passed in the Florida Legislature. These bills, literally titled “LGBT Anti-Discrimination” and “LGBT Housing Anti-Discrimination,” were not passed. There is still discrimination against specific groups of people, and this is unacceptable.
Why is this a problem? This situation, like any other discrimination of the past, is real to the people who cannot live the same lives of liberty and freedom that the average citizen is able to live. These discriminatory laws and policies are counter to the very Preamble of the United States Constitution, that all men are created equal and all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How is it that the government imposes restrictions on these freedoms to a select few in our society? How can we stand by and accept these restrictions, knowing that if we were in the shoes of the oppressed that we would be arguing for fair treatment as well? It is really simple: Live and Let Live. Love Thy Neighbor. Do unto others as would have them to do unto you.
The Solution: No laws shall be made that allow for the government to exhibit any form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political leaning, etc. I will not support any legislation that supports restrictions on individuals and their personal freedoms.
Quick Takeaway: No laws shall infringe on people’s right to live their lives as they see fit, within their own moral grounds, so long as they are not infringing on others’ rights to live their lives as they see fit. Live and Let Live!