Thursday, May 15, 2008
...at least in California.
From the New York Times: California Court Affirms Right to Gay Marriage
In honor of Cali, let's play the theme song to the OC:
Seriously, though, this is a great coup. But not for the cause of gay marriage, but for the basic principle that this country is supposedly founded on: that all men are created equal. And while it's wonderful that we've won the right to be married in California, it's also sad that it was a right that had to be won. And it's a right that's going to be contested in more states.
The idea that gay people are fringe members of society who wield some Macchiavelian influence over popular culture and are out to destroy this country is still alive and well. There are many, many people in this country who hate me just because I exist. And they would love nothing more than for me to not exist. To that end they will resort to government tactics or violence to propogate the last vestige of segregation and oppression that this country can "legally" exercise.
The Right wing blogosphere is atwitter with dismay and rancor over the ruling in California. While some people are literally overwhelmed with love, another group is boiling with hate. I have faith, though, that America will emerge from this Great Gay Divide as it did from the Civil Rights Movement: somewhat stronger, somewhat more enlightened.