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Countering Daddy Dobson on CNN.com

CNN either had Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solomnese’s “Progress on gay rights leaves politicians in the dust” planned as a column to balance Daddy Dobson’s outrageous anti-gay piece this week, or the news network simply posted it later in response to Dobson’s foaming rant — I don’t know which is the case.

Solomnese’s piece touches on the advances LGBT citizens have made at the state and local levels and in the corporate arena. He also points out what we’ve all be watching closely — the lack of support from political “leadership.”

America’s workplaces and schools are a microcosm of the country. They are places where people from different walks of life — all religions, races, income levels, sexual orientations and gender identities — are thrown together and told to make it work. They’re doing just that and these policies and benefits are helping employers and employees succeed.

We have also seen wins in anti-discrimination and benefits policies at the state and local levels. Our survey found that seven states prohibit discrimination in private sector employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington, plus the District of Columbia. Ten additional states ban workplace discrimination based exclusively on sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, many political leaders are far behind business leaders in promoting and implementing fair and equitable policies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Sadly, we see some politicians attacking our families and exploiting anti-gay prejudice for political purposes — which results in fueling that prejudice and dividing our country.

He tosses out a Homosexual Agenda, and it’s not the one the fundies want to hear.

But I would be lying if I said that we don’t have an agenda — we do, and this is it:

1. A good job, where workers are respected for the work they do, are treated fairly and offered equal benefits

2. A safe home. So that we and our families can live in a community without fear of hate crimes and persecution

3. Fair and quality health care so that we have the ability to take care of our loved ones

4. And the right to be in a committed and legally recognized relationship that includes the same legal protections and rights offered to every other American — no more, and no less.

And that, my friends, is not a radical gay agenda — it’s the American dream.

Now if HRC could start endorsing only politicians who support full marriage equality, regardless of party or incumbency, then they’d have more overall credibility (see Firedoglake: Ned Lamont Deserves Enthusiastic LGBT Support).

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