Roger Gorley is not allowed to see his husband. This is because Missouri is one of the states that does not recognize the marriage rights of same-sex couples.
A Lee’s Summit man is fighting a restraining order that he says was issued against him after he says he was arrested for refusing to leave the bedside of his sick partner. Roger Gorley went to visit his partner, Allen at Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Tuesday afternoon. He says when he got there, a member of Allen’s family asked him to leave. When Gorley refused, he says hospital security forcibly removed him from the property and put him in handcuffs. “I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,” Gorley said.
To all of the bigots out there:
This is the end result of the laws you push for. Because of these discriminatory laws, and the harmful attitudes that you have cultivated in society, this can still happen. This is your fault. You may not have been the one to put the cuffs on him or to call the police, but you are allowing this to happen.
Most of the anti-gay activists I’ve met fail to grasp why any of this matters to gay people and their loved ones. They think we should just be happy that we aren’t one of the countries that will (legally)kill you for being gay. Bullshit.
If someone dragged you away from your spouse in chains, you would not stand for it.
If you were beaten for who you love, you would not be silent.
If you had to watch as the GOP tried to make it illegal for you to have sex with your partner, you would raise holy hell.
This is not just a difference of opinion. This is not something where we can agree to disagree, or respect your religious beliefs. This is about doing the right thing. If you do not come to embrace equality as so many others before you have, how will you explain robbing people of the same rights that you claim to cherish?
The good news for everyone else is that gay people are going to get the right to marry. Maybe not this month, or this year, but the hard work is paying off. The icing on the cake for those of us fighting your bigotry is that your children and grandchildren will be utterly perplexed about your opposition to civil rights. When you insist that your Bible commands you to hate gay people, we will watch as more and more people are pushed away from that wretched book and the laughable excuse for morality it extols. Or you could just treat gay people like human beings, that’s always an option too.
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