Protesting the anti-gay conference at Columbia

On February 15, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Austin Heyroth
The CU Dems are proud to announce that we’ll be protesting a major anti-gay conference being held in Lerner Hall tomorrow (Saturday). We’re protesting to show that Columbia believes in equal rights for ALL people, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. We’re going to fight for people who have had their rights taken away from them, and for the right of gay couples to be welcomed, recognized, and supported just like anyone else. The idea that people are discriminated against because they fall in love with someone who’s the ‘wrong’ gender is ludicrous, and we don’t agree with it. This protest is about making sure that everyone knows that Columbia supports love and equality and civil rights, no matter what some anti-gay speakers say.

At the same time it’s also important to remember we support the free speech rights of everyone, ESPECIALLY people we don’t agree with. We’ve worked with Public Safety so we can be sure that we won’t be disrupting the event or limiting the organizer’s ability to spread their message. We have always fought for uninhibited, robust, and wide-open free expression for everyone. But we will be exercising OUR rights to show that the Columbia community doesn’t believe in bigotry or discrimination, and that the CU Dems are going to fight for equality. We don’t agree with words that hurt people or marginalize members of our community, and we’re going to say so.

We’ve made some amazing gains for equal rights of the past few years and we’re on track for even more incredible victories, but that doesn’t mean we can get complacent. We have no doubt that marriage equality is going to come to every state in America, but it’s only going to come because committed activists are willing to work for it! Tomorrow is our chance to make sure the world knows that Columbia supports equal rights!

For more information go to our facebook event

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