Wednesday, February 25

Not That You Asked...

But I haven't given my thoughts about the discussion about gay and lesbian marriage. I just think there's just too much false outrage over this. It a non-issue. And declaring a constitutional amendment BANNING it is utter nonsense. Our constitution is an outline of our freedoms and our rights - not an outlet for personal outrage or to invoke it as a threat to any group. We might want to revisit the preamble:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

It seems what's going on now is simply a strike against a segment of America seeking a bit of dignity and happiness. Gay/lesbian marriage opponents loudly proclaim that they already have the same rights under some states' civil union laws and they don't need to have the formality of marriage. They have no reason to get married.

Well, why the hell not? Because it's the last safe outpost of heterosexuality? Please. We heteros have really screwed up the sanctity of marriage since marriage was invented - that we all can agree on. Welcoming homosexuals into the fray might teach us a few things about love and loyalty.

Look, folks, your sexual orientation is NOT, NOT, NOT a matter of choice. No one in their right mind chooses to be the recipient of scorn, hate, taunts and the sort of mob warfare they're facing now. The "controversy" is nothing more than a ruse, a joke, a smokescreen for the bigger problems we've got.

Bush knows this is a simple thing his red-state constituents can wrap their minds around. Not his history of avoiding wars 30 years ago and having no problem declaring them now. Not trashing the economy. Not stonewalling investigations of abusing intelligence of outing CIA agents. But gay marriage? Oh, we know this can't be good, because our preacher told us so.

Simple people are happy people. Unfortunately, life is more complex than this. Homosexual marriages are important to whoever's getting married. Let them. And let's keep our focus on the stuff that can screw up our lives for real, not these fake manufactured problems.