the culture wars continue…
…and the bad guys are winning big. The bans on gay marriage in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah also prohibit any type of legal civil union arrangements for same-sex couples.
The people of those eight states have now successfully wiped their collective ass with their states’ constitutions.
All over those states, and all over our other states, there are thousands of gay couples who have lived together in committed, monogamous relationships for years or even decades. They contribute to the economy and to charity. Sometimes they adopt and raise children who go on to become productive members of society as well. They respect other people’s privacy and ask generally ask little more from society but that others respect theirs. Many of them even worship in the same churches as their “normal” neighbors.
And those neighbors divorce each other at staggering rates. They watch garbage TV like Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire. And they play their little game of Judge Thy Neighbor. They go to the polls to tell a group of their fellow citizens that they can never be, in the eyes of the state, what they truly are in eyes of any rational man, woman, or God: a married couple.
This morally repulsive act of mass bigotry was accomplished via the electoral process. Record numbers of voters came to the polls in those eight states and made it happen in a systematic, orderly fashion. This is actually what a majority of them want, and this is what they have done.
So it seems to me tonight that America is not broken. Americans are.