Leader in Cause Optimistic Moving Forward
In the months since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize gay marriage in June this year, related stories continue to make headlines.
Many governments throughout the country, however, have taken issue with the court’s ruling, citing states’ rights and religious liberty. Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis gained a wealth of support for denying marriage licenses to gay couples, resulting in a visit from Pope Francis, though the Vatican denied significance of the meeting.
As with the milestone election of our first black president, which didn’t erase racism from the hearts of many in the country, the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage still hasn’t erased the bias inhibiting equal protection under the law for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, explains Jonathan Bannon Maher, who at 29, ran as a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012.
“While in recent years there’s been a dramatic and widespread transition away from homophobia, the obstacle course for LGBT individuals has yet to be fully dismantled” says Maher.
Maher, author of “The Destiny of Humanity,” a book that includes an essay on gay equality, and was endorsed by Kings, a Prime Minister, and a Second Lady (www.jonathanmaher.com), reviews a few reasons for optimism for those hungry for additional social progress.
In his first inaugural address to the nation, Abraham Lincoln emphasized “the better angels of our nature.” It’s something that applies today as we witness progress among a range of people. The 70% support among the younger generation is likely to grow.
Maher explains that people also need information to change, which is why he wrote an essay on gay equality, and sent it to every elected state and federal representative in America, immediately preceding the wave of marriage equality victories across America. It can be heard being read on YouTube from the Senate floor of Maine just before marriage equality passed.
About Jonathan Bannon Maher
Jonathan Bannon Maher (www.jonathanmaher.com) has most recently been writing network intrusion detection and prevention software to protect classified U.S. military networks. In his free time, he writes investment management algorithms and works on startups. In 2012, at age 29, he ran for the United States Senate. Prior to that, Maher wrote software used to purchase and manage billions in assets at a hedge fund. His music has been licensed by MTV, VH1, and Discovery Networks, and he’s written two books, including “The Destiny of Humanity,” endorsed by world leaders, and “Building a Successful Organization.” He graduated from the University of San Diego with recommendations from the President and Dean.