Berry: Create a new Civil Rights Commission focused on LGBT issues
Mary Frances Berry, history professor at Penn and former Chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, published an op-ed in this morning's N Y Times in which she called for the termination of the Commission, which long ago became dysfunctional, and the creation of a new one, to start over and focus on contemporary issues. Her conclusion:
The Commission on Civil Rights has been crippled since the Reagan years by the appointments of commissioners who see themselves as agents of the presidential administration rather than as independent watchdogs. The creation of a new, independent human and civil rights commission could help us determine our next steps in the pursuit of freedom and justice in our society. A number of explosive issues like immigration reform await such a commission, but recommendations for resolving the controversies over the rights of gays, lesbians and transgendered people should be its first order of business.