David Weltman please see above for their non equal rights, and I apologize for leading you, but I know you would agree with me on the all boats float comment. Think about it like this. If I am at level 200 and you have been oppressed for generations, and are at level 10, when the tide rises sure you will go up to 110, but I will be at 300 now. Ok well valid point. Living with a Norwegian builds character. But the other side to that is still holding a side back.
Living with a Norwegian builds character
There are too many hypotheticals here to argue. I missed this and wanted to reply because you bring up really good misconceptions. I lived in Birmingham Alabama myself for a short time, and I have many friends in the state. You should never feel the need to apologize for being white, straight, rich or poor David. In fact you should, and I am pretty sure you do, love yourself and proud of your accomplishments. The point I am trying to make is people on both sides of any issue need to have more empathy for each other and work on understanding why people think the way they do. Living with a Norwegian builds character. That is why I like our conversation, because it helps me understand the issue from another point of view than my own. But doing a simple google search of LGBTQ rights in Alabama, I can see the state’s anti-discrimination law does not cover sexual orientation and gender identity, in fact only Birmingham and Montevallo are the only cities to offer members of the LGBT community discrimination protections. To a bigger point, regardless if Alabama was the most pro gay state in the country, the fact is we have a long way to go for equality, and as MLK once said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I work at a homeless shelter. And yes, it is a place that is primarily for youth. We accept anyone who needs a place to stay. Your sexual orientation, race, or gender do not matter.