Dear Mr. Brackeen,
By now you may know that a particular airing of your news “report” in which you ask, “is the acceptance of homosexuality the downfall of our nation” has hit national airwaves.
I heard (and saw) you fumbling a bit looking for words to say and I don’t know whether to take that as you personally feeling uncomfortable with the subject matter or if (as I hope) you simply don’t agree with the notion that acceptance of homosexuality is the downfall of our nation.
That said, as an American, a Texan, and a human I am outraged by the comments that you allowed to be aired. Even worse is the fact that you seem to agree with the notion that because “only 7%” of us are out there, we do not deserve equal and fair treatment under the law.
I long for the days when news used to be “reported” rather than fed with a horrid, uneducated opinion. You obviously did not do your research. There is clear reason why we are seeking the attention of our government. It is because, the government already gives the other 93% of our country their civil rights without hesitation and without question. You report that we are gaining attention but you do not report what it is that we are fighting for.
We have no agenda, we want nothing special we simply want equal civil rights under the law. No more and no less than the rest of our country has.
Had you done your research, you would know that there are over 1,300 protections, benefits and yes penalties that are directly effected by marital status and are designed to protect couples by automatically establishing next of kinship.
For $75.00 you and any woman that you choose, whether you met her 5 minutes ago or 5 years ago, may go to a justice of the peace in any county in America and gain for yourselves these 1,300 protections (every single one of them). For those of us who are fortunate enough to be living our true and full selves, we must spend anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 (depending on circumstances) to provision the few of these protections that we legally can gain access to. And that still leaves out a majority of those 1,300.
Ultimately, we are not fighting for you, as an individual, to accept us. We are fighting for our government to live up to it’s pledge of “liberty and justice for all”. What liberty do we have when one group is penalized for living in their true self?
You may not be aware of what has been going on in our country over the last several years in regards to children completing suicide. I will admit that I was not aware until some of the more recent losses. Children, sir, are killing themselves.
There is a direct correlation between these child suicides and adult homophobia, hatred and fear mongering. When adults and authority figures speak out as if gay people are less than they are and are not even human they put the idea into their children’s heads that it’s okay to bully, torture and torment anyone that they perceive as gay. Allowing this hatred to spew onto the airwaves only shows adults and children that other people do think this way. This further legitimizes a bully’s actions toward another child and yes, in some cases, a parent’s actions toward their own children who they may think is gay.
So, while the rest of society is busy talking about how to solve the problem it seems that some people are still unclear as to what the problem actually is. And your news station facilitated, perpetuated and by proxy condoned the very behavior that is the problem with our society.
The downfall of our nation is not going to be the acceptance of homosexuality at all. It is going to be the lack of equilibrium, fairness and justice within our society when it comes to those who believe that the LGBT community is less than human.
I think you owe your viewers an apology for allowing a forum for that vile un-American message of bigotry.