Nonsequitur: Are Gay Rights More Important Than Other Rights?

October 17, 2014

This question seems to be coming up more and more in the United States. Do legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity supplant our Constitutional, first amendment rights to speak freely and practice our religious beliefs without government interference? What about the right to assemble and the right to petition government? What about the right to attorney-client privilege?

This is not a hypothetical question for the citizens of Houston, Texas. The city mayor, the city council and the city attorney have denied these rights to community members and issued subpoenas to local church pastors in defense of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a city council order that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes recognized by the city. You can read more details at the Houston Chronicle.

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