This is a little bit late, but none the less…
On the 25th of September, the president of Barilla pasta decided on an Italian radio show that he was going to express his view/dislike of same sex couples. His company took the brunt of his blatant disregard for equality, as it took a major backlash from the LGBT community. The comment that he made was that Barilla pasta would never feature same-sex couples in the company’s commercials, this was because he prefers traditional family.
Guido Barilla never actually retracted his statement, that he made, instead he counted the outrage with, “I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they hurt some one’s sensitivity. I have the utmost respect for anyone, without distinction of any kind. I have the utmost respect for gay people and for every one’s right to express themselves. I’ve also said – and I would like to reiterate – that I respect gay marriages. In its advertising, Barilla represents the family – because it welcomes everyone.” Keep in mind that this was the company issuing the statement, not the individual who expressed his opinion as his companies’ opinion.
His comments could be easily stated as ignorant, but this is a clear indication that we still have a ways to go. People in this world are still holding onto the fact that they don’t believe that everyone is equal. It is sad to see that this will probably be the case for awhile, if not forever. As you still see discrimination based upon race and religion, which has happened for hundreds of years. Hopefully in the coming years the mindset of the the world and not just certain factions of people will come to the realization that everyone should be created equal.
On September 27, 2013 a New Jersey superior court ruled that same sex marraige will be made legal on October 21, 2013. We are yet another step closer on the equality for same sex couples. Same sex marraige is now legal in 14 states, and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to heterosexual marraige in the eyes of the law. So yes, we may only be a little over a quarter of the way there, but it is meaning all of the difference to those couples that are affected.
My parents had to wait over 15 years before they were legally allowed to marry in the state that they lived in. Of course they choose Massachusetts to be their settling ground, as this is one of the, if not the most liberal states in the entire US. Now there are couples that do not have to wait. They do not have to worry about the dealing with people, and the government, telling them that their commitment to one another is not valid by the government.
For years same sex couples used commitment ceremonies as a way to dedicate themselves to eachother. These commit ceremonies may still be used, but now with the changes that have happened in 14 states, and soon to be who knows how many states, they are allowed to be recognized under law, and this is absolutely huge for the LBGT community.
Of course the next step will be that people, not just government, actually recognize that there is no difference between a same sex couple and a opposite sex couple. I see the major problem in the future, to be similar to that, which the african american community has had to face for years. There will still be bigotry and judgement from the people of the US, hopefully my generation and generations after me are able to show the American public that everyone is equal and deserves the same treatment.
So of course today is the day that I have witnessed my first government shutdown. I was too young to remember the previous government shutdown, as well as too young to know what was really happening. As I have gotten older, I now see what my parents were always talking about at the dinner table. How the government can produce meaningful changes, but also about how it can be completely detrimental to the public that it is supposed to be governing.
With the government shutdown now happening, all I can think about is how ineffective congress is being in this matter. If any person in their normal job, acts the way they are, there would be consequences to their actions. This shutdown will put over 800,000 people out of jobs while the shutdown occurs. Now while that is a small percentage of the population, however that is still over twice the number of average new jobless claims, over the past year. I am not pointing fingers at either party, as both parties have their own faults in this matter. This shutdown does not effect me directly, but that does not mean that I think it should be okay to do. We will see how this will effect the markets and economy in the coming weeks.
I hope to see congress be able to pass some sort of change that is bipartisan. As to where both parties stand right now, I do not see that happening. Both parties are hell bent on making sure that they get something out of the deal, and that the other loses something. The democrats effectively want no change to the current working order but don’t want to change anything that the republican party may want, whereas the republicans want to remove things that have been set in place and have already become law by previous democratic parties. They of course come to a crossroads, and sadly the public is standing at the intersection begging for change.
In the following weeks, I will be waiting to see the issue of congress addressing the debt ceiling. That will be for another post in the future. The real issue is that if the government deficit (the full faith and credit of the US government) is used as a weapon, the general public will end up taking the bullet from that gun.