Just read an article on how Miss California has launched a campaign to protect “traditional marriage“. It makes me laugh a little. Are people so naive that they actually believe that gay marriage is not destined to be accepted in just a few years time? The parallels to other moments in American history couldn’t be clearer if it were outlined in Sharpie. Within a decade (two if we foolishly put a fundamentalist in the White House… God Forbid), gay marriage will be seen as no different than interracial marriage. I think back to how our country, not so long ago, felt that alcohol was so bad that we banned in our constitution. We Americans are so short sighted. In time, we’ll look back and laugh at ourselves for this even being an issue.
Furthermore, let’s be serious, why does gay marriage bother anyone anyway? It doesn’t infringe upon any of your rights. It’s truly a case of “this doesn’t affect me, but I insist you don’t do it.” It’s holier-than-thou nonsense. The fact that these so-called protectors of traditional marriage feel strongly perplexes me: Burt Bacarach is still right: “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Those lyrics don’t work when you replace “love” with “exclusionary dogma”.
You don’t have to advocate homosexuality to “be okay” with not limiting marriage via law or constitutional amendment. Legislating hate and discrimination is the most un-American thing we can do. We’ll all look back at Miss California the way we look back at people like James Earl Ray, who felt they would be seen as martyrs and voices of reason, but instead just look like fools.
I’m not anti-Chritianity (or any religion at all, for that matter) but – boy, oh boy – those fundies do a good job at making themselves look foolish.