Let no majority put asunder

November 11, 2008

I don’t veer into politics much around these parts. Politics are emotional and people have very strong feelings and I prefer to focus on things that everyone can agree on, like how Katie Perry is dumb and pie is awesome.

But you know that old saying, the personal is political? Yeah, sometimes it does apply. And right now it applies to some of my favorite people in the world.

I’m right around the age when my friends are getting engaged and married. Which is great, for people who want to do that. But you know what’s even better? When people who want to do that also have the right. I am blessed by some pretty amazing friends, and it hurts me that some of them, at least those in the 48 states that aren’t Massachusetts or Connecticut, don’t have that right.

I am not married. Nor do I plan to be. But that is a choice that I have made, and I am aware, now more than ever, that it is a choice. And it is not one I make lightly. I fully expect that at some point in the future, probably far distant, that I might change my mind. For legal reasons. Tax purposes. Or general old-fashioned traditionalism. But it is a choice, that I, by the lottery of being born straight, have the luxury of making.

I could go on and on about the reasons why anti-gay marriage laws are unconstitutional. Or how more marriages are good for the economy. Or how anti-gay marriage laws also hurt heterosexual domestic partners. But I won’t. Because I don’t think I can improve on what Keith Olberman said Monday night.

If this doesn’t move you deeply, please grab Dorothy and the Scarecrow, because you are in need of a heart, my friend.

And before I step off my soapbox and get back to important things, like lip gloss, I leave you with some very wise words.

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.

– Samuel Adams


One comment

  1. I really, really, really, really, really, really like fire.

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