Why We Hurt.

NOTE from 2021: When I noticed my blog was getting hacked in February of 2020 I did some quick fixes and somehow all of my draft posts from the previous 16 years ended up assigned to that month. This is one of those posts. I used the context to “guess” when I actually wrote it so if anything about this publication date seems off to future me…I wanted this note here to explain possible errors.

I have a friend with a transgender brother who has already been beat up once and who worries that we just elected a President that supports the NC bathroom bill. Legislation like that promotes fear and hatred and those things encourage violence.

I have a Muslim friend who has been called “terrorist” randomly in her life and now worries the new President will follow through on his Muslim database promises.

I have several friends raising black sons who worry about the lack of criminal justice reform in a system that disproportionally and negatively effects black men. The new president openly supports an increase in law enforcement power that proved to be ineffective in actually combating crime and negatively targeted poor minorities.

I have a few friends who chose to terminate pregnancies when their health was at risk. While they were all traumatized by the situations leading to the decision, they all felt blessed to have had that option when discussing with their doctors and their families and they ache to think that might not be available to other women in the future.

I have gay friends and family living in a state without descriminatory protections and are grateful for Obama’s executive order mandating that government contracts not discriminate. Huntsville is full of government contractors so it’s especially poignant here. What if that protection is removed?

I have friends who have preexisting conditions worried about losing health insurance.

I have friends worried that if there’s a Pro-DOMA judge put in place in the SCOTUS, then states who had previous constitutional bans on gay marriage will be motivated to send court cases back through the system for a revisiting of the case that repealed DOMA in the first place. The states where gay marriage was already legal don’t have as much to worry about, but many people live in states that only were forced to allow marriage after that SCOTUS ruling.

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