Same Sex Marriage: What's All the Hubbub?
With all kinds of states suddenly lining up to legalize same sex marriage, naturally the news media and punditry are all over the story.
On my beloved MSNBC, anchors have asked a couple of obligatory right-wing naysayers their take on it.
"Most people, according to polls, want their legislatures to preserve the sanctity of marriage and don't want to disturb the sanctity by weakening it..."
How the fuck is "allowing" gays and lesbians to marry disturbing or weakening any straight couple's marriage?
With the straight divorce rate hovering around 50 percent, what sanctity are they talking about?
I Googled some argument essays against gay marriage and was astounded by the ignorance I discovered. Why are people who preach divisiveness and intolerance always the first ones to mention Jesus and what he would want? Who are they to tell others what Jesus would have to say?
Now that we're in an era where we're transcending post-Bush fascism, we've learned that most legislation that deals with "morality" has to do with money.
Though queers pay taxes equal to straights, the naysayers gasp about the financial implications of married gay couples getting Social Security survivors' benefits, not to mention the economic horrors of corporate America having to include gay partners on company health insurance plans.
If these reactionaries would agree to cut gay and lesbian taxes commensurate to our reduced rights, that would be worth considering for many.
But please don't hand me any lines about religious prohibitions.
If God made us all, and some of us turned out gay, then who are we to question God's divine decision-making abilities? If gay sex is so sinful, why do I scream, "Oh God" so much when I'm having it?
For the record, I live in Texas, which will probably be among the last states to legalize same-sex marriage. Furthermore, the idea of marrying anyone holds no appeal to me.
But if an adult, taxpaying American wants to marry someone of the same sex, what's it to ya?
Back in the 50's, these same type of religious fanatic conservatives rallied against interracial marriage. Eventually, their objections were unmasked as racist and ridiculous, and laws were changed. America looks back on that era with embarrassment, as well they should.
Our time is coming.
We deserve the same crappy wedding cake and The Chicken Dance and YMCA played by a lousy disk jockey at our weddings.
We deserve the same Cuisinarts, china place settings and candy dish wedding gifts as straight people.
Listen. When Iowa legalizes same sex marriage, the rest of the country needs to wake the hell up.
The Bush era of neo-conservatives and religious wingnuts dictating their values to everyone and expecting obeyance are over.