Friday, May 16, 2008

Do you take this man to be your... ummm... your...

Good morning, world citizens, I heartily wish something sweet and squishy for every last one of you. I’m in a good mood this morning, a departure from my prevailing demeanor during the last few days. Yea, yea, I know, you don’t have to say it…

Anyway, be that as it may, I think the reason for my euphoria has something to do with the California Supreme Court ruling yesterday that same sex marriage is, indeed, a concept to be sanctioned, if not overtly embraced by my friends sitting on the right side of the aisle.

Think about it... couples possessing two penises (or no penises whatsoever) can now enjoy the same privileges, responsibilities, disappointments, expenses and divorce rates as the rest of us. Could it be that Almighty wrath might be delayed long enough for our society to realize its possibilities or will the timing of The Apocalypse and subsequent Second Coming be brought forward to coincide with the huge lean to the left of our nation’s upcoming election? Yea… yea, I know… you don’t have to remind me.

I am not now, nor have I ever been a gay American. I’m not sure I even know any gay Americans. But, I do know that I have five grown children and three of them are not married. If one of them were to suddenly announce that he or she was in love with a person of the same sex, I’d want them to be able to enjoy a life with all the complexities that I enjoy, but without the burden of being branded as a deviate. Isn’t that what it all really reduces down to? We all want to be accepted for what we are, not what others think we should be? This is about what the Constitution supposedly provides for all Americans, isn't it? Isn't that the bigger issue?

And don’t try to give me that sanctimonious crap about sexual deviancy (sexual predators and child molesters) being the hallmark of homosexuality. While I don’t pretend to have the latest statistical data, it is my gut feeling that there are plenty of sexual deviants on both sides of the homo/heterosexual Mendoza Line.

For a few months, at least, this country can boast of at least one state that holds its head a little higher this morning in terms of recognizing human rights and dignity. However, lest you think me Pollyanna, I also realize that every effort will be made by certain governmental factions during the next session to push through legislation negating the advances brought forth by the Supreme Court, I would suspect nothing less.

But, for today, if today alone, I choose to smile.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

yah... to me it's a non-issue... and i'm a card-carrying member of the triangle club... and have paid my dues again and again and again and again and again...


having said that...would it be terribly inappropriate to admit i have a man crush on you...?

peace!

Tina Trivett said...

lol@fork

Good reason to smile today Bob...good reason indeed. :)

amuirin said...

Ha!

I had the exact same reaction, a big 'yahoo!' inside though I didn't dwell on it, cus I'm skeptical that it will last very long. But still.

And while I was reading this, your little blurb about them being able to share divorce rates, etc., you made me think of a new angle on this I never thought before.

Should gay marriage become valid in this nation, it might be the end of the honeymoon for many gay couples, you know? If there's one thing that transforms romance into pragmatism, its marriage. Also, there's something very romantic about fighting for a hopeless cause, hand in hand, but if they meet their goals, well..

y'know, obstacles are a huge-libido boost. Look at Romeo and Juliet. The lack of impossibility might take some of the passion out of some couplings.

At least they still have wide-ranging social stigma's to overcome, to keep the 'taboo' goo goin between the sheets. Thank goodness for small mercies.

(There's a website where you can find out what percent a heterosexual you are. I'm like 87%, but Kelly Rippa could make me a 64%. feel free to edit this comment, it was likely a little off color)

paisley said...

all i can think of is the pot has gotten especially sweet for the divorce lawyers in CA...

i doubt having two penises,, or no penises at all has any bearing on the fact that most marriages end up in the hands of a savvy divorce atty..... ah the bliss.....

Bubba said...

Fork-- Ha! Inappropriate, not inappropriate... it doesn't matter one whit here! Like Thomas Jefferson, your freedom of expression is my hallmark. You're free to admit whatever you might like, but remember this... I'm high-maintenance. Ha!

Tina-- Thanks, kid!

amuirin-- If attraction to Kelly Ripa makes one's heterosexuality percentage drop, I fear I need to start paying dues-- I'm a Lesbian! *snort*

Thank goodness for small mercies, indeed...

Bubba said...

Paisley-- Oh, yea, I agree... as a species, I don't think the principle of singularity in selection really ever took hold. But, the important thing is that now gay people get to lose all their earthly possessions for the *right* reasons, just like the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Gotta admit I'm cynically waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop, but it's still a triumph of human rights, however brief.

Interesting comments about the loss of the uniting factor of a mutual obstacle to overcome.

Bubba said...

Nan-- Yes, a very interesting observation on Amuirin's part, I think... I know that I, at one point in my life, was enamored by the possibility of 'forbidden pleasures' (although not with the same sex). I think there's something quite palpable about illicit sex or other encounters that offer the possibility of danger and/or intrigue.

Shirley said...

Well, you sound almost as happy as Ellen who announced this morning that she is getting married...hope she doesn't read your column and get all disillusioned!

Scot said...

ok--I won't say "stick a fork in ya" because I am guessing--you're not done. (couldn't resist big guy)

Anonymous said...

Cool, celebrate small victories I say. It is nice to know that reason, sanity, still prevails in some small parts of the world. We are having the same debate here at the moment, well not really a debate there isn't one, just ignorant piggy noises from some reactionary idiots, so yayayaya for a victory for sanity, i say,

kaylee said...

It is about time
now for the other
51 states to follow
and we can move on to
other things.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

out of the closet at last, bubba. I always figured you to be a lesbian.

And now My Disclosure to match yours: I am a male stripper cleverly disguised as a sixty-one year old mother of four.

(I know my secret is safe with you.)

Bubba said...

Shirley-- Who could possibly get disillusioned by reading my column? I'm nothing if not sweetness and light. Sheesh...

Scot-- Moi? I have (ahem) nothing more to say on the subject.

Kaylee-- From your mouth to Congress' ears...

Lee-- You're not only cleverly disguised, you're also cheating yourself out of the bazillion dollars medical science would be willing to pay for someone of your obvious talents! I'll be sure not to mention it, next time I address the American Medical Association.