scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Whys and Wherefores
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Jul 03 1972 - 10:05:07 CDT
On Mon, 3 Jul 2000, Darryl Hammill wrote:
> Q: Why are homosexuals fighting for their rights?
> A: Because they are a minority.
> <snip end>
> I take a bit of issue with this statement. Being a homosexual does not make you
> a minority in most states - and the federal government has specific ways of
Actually, it probably DOES:
Minority: n; (1) a group of persons or things numbering less than half of
a total; (2) A racial, religious, political, national, or other group
regarded as being different from the larger group of which it is a whole;
(3) the state or period of being under legal age. [American Heritage
paperback Dictionary of the English Language.]
The first two are definitions over which neither State nor Federal
government has sway.
So, unless you're prepared to argue/posit that there is a state in which
homosexuals number MORE than half the total population, or where the
group of homosexuals is NOT regarded as different, being homosexual puts
you in a minority.
It may not grant you Minority Status under the Federal or State
regulations, but it decidedly makes you a minority.