In a week where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on both DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. remains one of only ten Democratic Senators not supporting marriage equality. Equal rights are a fundamental American trait but the country remains divided between those who have all the rights and those who do not. This two class system is one of sexual apartheid. Though LGBT persons pay the same taxes as straight couples they are denied over a thousand federal rights given to the others. These include Social Security survivor benefits, the ability to file taxes jointly, inherit pensions, etc.
When Casey ran for the Senate in 2006 much of Pennsylvania’s LGBT leadership supported him because he openly pandered tot he community reversing his long standing opposition to gay adoption and several other issues. As of today though he is still opposed to equality. This is shameful. I didn’t support him in 2006 due to his long record opposing gay rights and engaged in several email arguments with some of those who believed Casey supported us. Who’s crying now? Sen. Casey needs to come into the 21st Century and stop supporting sexual apartheid.