Monday, May 17, 2004

Marriage Party Ruined by Uninvited Guests
Thousands of heterosexual couples woke up today to discover their marriages had been trashed the night before by hundreds of Gays and Lesbians lined up to be married in the eyes of the State of Massachussetts. Okay Jerry Falwell, Pat Roberts, Rick Santorum et ilk, your worst nightmare has occurred. Same sex partners were afforded state recognition of their committed relationships for the first time today in Massachussetts. Yes, fuckit, Gays and Lesbians got married! For the next year at least, couples who want to be married can be. Their marriages will not be recognized by the federal government right away, maybe not for a long time, but I wouldn't bet on never. Here's what most people don't get: Massachussetts is not leading the way. It's just reflecting reality. Same sex couples have been forming bonded legal relationships for years now. There is no compelling reason not to allow same sex marriage outside of religious bigotry, and that is banned by the Constitution of the United States. A lot of states are rushing to amend their own constitutions to "close the loopholes." You know the loophole I'm talking about, the one about establishing a relilgion, and equitable justice before the law. That is just plain sad. They won't win in the end. Bad amendments can be undone, just ask the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

In the next few months, thousands of very normal people are going to visit Massachussetts and get married. Nobody can stop them. You bigots who call yourselves Christians might as well get used to it. This isn't about you. It's about us.

To you men and women who are causing all these problems in Massachussetts by your refusal to participate in your own marginalization, Mazel Tov!

Posted by Houston on May 17, 2004 at 07:07 PM in Gay Marriage | Permalink
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And given the Goopers' love of lucre, I'm amazed that Mitt Romney hasn't been the loudest drumbeater in favor of the SJC's decision. Hetero weddings are a multibillion dollar industry: why shouldn't states be vying to cash in on the homo flava? Just think of all the extra business the florists, bakers, reception halls, etc., are going to be doing in Massachusetts for the next few weeks at least. Wouldn't that go a long way to trimming some of those horrid budget deficits so many states and localities are suffering under?

Posted by: Michael | May 17, 2004 at 07:33 PM

You have got to love Massachussetts. If you go to the old cementary right in Plymouth, read the head stones. Now these go back to the 16 and 17 hundreds. You will see several places where a man and his wife are buried together. Next to his grave you will see his "consort's" grave. It makes me laugh that these are the people that were so religious. That wouldn't go over today. It use to be where blacks and whites couldn't marry, or you had to have a marriage certificate to check into a motel, and so on. People ought to not get their panties in a wad and just let it go. It is just a matter of time before it is legal everywhere. So what? I really think we have bigger issues to worry about than if 2 people love each other and want to commit to each other.

Posted by: CarolC | May 17, 2004 at 07:36 PM

Ain't it the truth! This is a tsuami of change, though. It's not just a wave, but a tidal wave of huge proportions. As blase as I am about everything, this makes me very excited. It is an historic day. I'm writing another post about it even as I distract myself here in the comments.

Posted by: Houston | May 17, 2004 at 07:59 PM

Don't sweat it hon, it's not YOU, it's THEM!

Posted by: wanda | May 17, 2004 at 08:40 PM

I'm a Christian, and I'm in favour of homosexual marriages. And my stance is not unusual in Canada. We have a gay cardinal, and my city has an openly gay mayor (or rather did - he resigned two days ago to run for provincial office). I don't understand what is up with all the intolerance. But then again, we're a big friendly country. It's time all of the US got with the program.

Posted by: ellen | May 17, 2004 at 08:51 PM

You have a Gay cardinal? That reminds me of a story. Several years ago, I was spending Christmas with my friend, Leon Richardson, in East Texas. We have been friends for a long time, and we are much alike in our exuberance. Anyway, we both do Christmas, and we both have certain collections of Christmas stuff. One of those things is Cardinals, as in the birds. Anyways, I was visiting Leon and we'd been celebrating our friendship for about two days when I noticed the towels in her bathroom. There were two beautiful red cardinals on the towels. I washed my hands, powdered my nose and walked into the kitchen and said, "Leon, can I have the towel set with the Gay cardinals on it?" "What Gay cardinals," she demanded to know. Well, her lovely set of towels had a pair of two bright red cardinals. She gave them to me the following Christmas.

Last summer, Ellen, I proposed to at least two fine young Canadians at the rodeo in Calgary. I don't think I'm going to make it this year, but next year, God willing and all, I'll be up there looking for me a husband.

Posted by: Houston | May 17, 2004 at 09:37 PM

We are living through history. This is big, big, big. May be someday people will realize that it is about human dignity. That is a very powerful Supreme Court opinion in Lawrence v. Texas where Justice Kennedy said that people have a right to have their personal relationships recognized with dignity.

We got a little more human today, people!

Posted by: Jaye | May 17, 2004 at 09:51 PM

"We got a little more human today, people!"

Perfect, Jaye. I really, really hope so.

Posted by: andante | May 17, 2004 at 10:58 PM

Ha ha. Loved the gay cardinal towel story, Houston. And yup, Calgary is known for its gay cowboys. Put the saddle on the stove; we're ridin the range tonight yee haw.

Posted by: ellen | May 18, 2004 at 04:46 AM

49 to go!

Posted by: oldcatman | May 18, 2004 at 09:18 AM

I'm just sad that California wasn't the first .... waaaaa

Posted by: TIMMY! | May 18, 2004 at 11:32 AM