Oklahoma teen Cody Rogers stepped in to defend his 21- year old friend and got severely beaten among homophobic slurs at a party this weekend. 18 year old Rogers came out of the closet 18 months ago. "I am feeling really emotional, I am holding it in right now. I stepped in and they threw me to the ground." Pictures of his bloody wounds went viral just after the Rogers uploaded them to Facebook.
Rogers has created a Facebook page called "Help Stop the Stomping" with an eye for promoting protection for the LGBT community. Currently, Oklahoma is one of nineteen states who don't include sexual orientation in their hate crime bills.
I'm almost split down the middle on whether is more important to protect LGBT individuals or protect society as a whole for precedents that allow for your thoughts to be persecuted as crimes. Not to mention that being illegal seldom stops people from doing anything. However, if it saves a handful of lives, might it be worth it?