Whose Families Do We Truly Value?
Why Protecting LGBT Workers is a Family Value
Conservatives have long lauded marriage as the silver bullet for any economic disadvantage an individual or family may face. Living at the poverty level? Get hitched. Need health insurance? Get hitched. We know that marriage alone will not cure the economic insecurity that only sound policy solutions can address. Moreover, such rhetoric suggests that family values are one-dimensional and reserved for households comprised of one mother and one father. While in reality we know that modern families are diverse with single parents, grandparents, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, parents raising children. Yet our nation’s current family and employment policies don’t recognize all American families, which gives rise to the question: Whose families do we really value?
…African American LGBT people need a raise, and they also need the security of knowing that their hard work won’t be rewarded with a pink slip because of our government’s refusal to protect all workers from discrimination. When we protect each and every worker, we boost the security of all families—and that is key to the true promotion of family values. It is time to move beyond rhetoric and toward responsible family policies for all Americans.
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