he website New Republic comes a crazy story from the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Strap yourselves in, because this one is a doozy.
Is this serious?
Under the guise of banning ‘indecent behaviour’, officials in the city of Murfreesboro have banned anything deemed to carry sexual content from public spaces, and this includes homosexuality, under the reasoning of ‘sexual content’. Now, this meerkat should not have to explain the obvious – that homosexuality in itself carries no sexual content – but that’s the reasoning city officials are running with. It’s also an excuse to ban certain books that city officials deem inappropriate. Book banning appears to be a recurring theme among Republicans in the USA, and in this instance, it’s all about books that speak openly and plainly about the experiences of the LGBT community. The targeted books are not pornographic, they are educational and helpful, but homophobes do not care for supporting anyone outside of their ignorant bubble.
When officials talk of banning homosexuality from public spaces, what do they think they are banning? Will they have cops arrest same-sex couples who hold hands? Will they haul away same-sex couples who have the audacity to sit down in a coffee shop together and cuddle up?
This mandate is not only appalling, there is evidence it is unconstitutional. I refer to the 14th Amendment:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
It seems to me that a law passed that abridges the freedoms of the LGBT community most definitely violates the terms of the 14th Amendment. One can only hope that this shameful approach, and disregard to peoples’ civil rights, is struck down at the earliest opportunity.