So I'm watching gay people run off to San Francisco to get married even though the union likely will never be recognized legally. Rosie did it. Why can't I? Anything at this point to piss off the President and his morality police.
Conservative, religious, straight people are in foaming hysteria over the prospect of gay marriage. You'd think The Passion would keep them busy enough. But nooo, there's still plenty of time to turn hater on the queers. After all, it's Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, right? And, lets face it, with a more than 50% failure rate among straight marriages, they've made a real success of the institution they are trying so dilligently to prop-up...er, I mean protect.
Maybe it's about being recognized in The Church for some. May I be a traitor to my orientation when I say, "Wake the heck up, it'll never happen in our lifetimes." Besides, my own "Church" is more famous now for molesting altar boys than being proponents of the New Testament. I cringe at the thought of the Catholic Church holding open it's welcoming arms to me and my partner. What could be more phony? I would rather compete on Fear Factor than marry in the Catholic Church, a blessing which would be as hollow as it's Bishops promises to "do better." I believe in the separation of church and state. Not only for the protection of the state from interference by the church (hell, the NRA has more influence in our politics than any church), but to protect the assorted churches from undue overlordship by politicians. And, what the hey, right now we have a President who is telling EVERYBODY what to do; churches, states, foreign countries, martians-well, maybe not martians but you never know, it's not the sort of thing one discusses in the oval office, you know. So don't worry about ME asking the pope's blessing. I'm a realist, not a masochist.
What this really is about, politically speaking, is the denial of rights. Apparently there aren't enough to go around anymore. The only possible objection by the President to civil unions is pressure from the conservative right. You know, the conservative agenda (they have one, you know). Well, let me fill you in, conservative right, you have a President who is willing to guarantee you one in ten (the usual gay-to-straight ratio) taxpayers remains a single filer. Neat, huh? Send jobs overseas, allow corporations to move their main mailboxes offshore and avoid paying their fair share of taxes, keep importing cheap goods made by third-world slaves, keep paving over and polluting from sea to shining sea: we'll still be here paying ALL our taxes and wishing and hoping for a change in the weather. We won't get inheritance rights, we won't have right to hospital visitation, we won't be allowed to adopt, we won't be able to enter into relationships with the assurrance that we'll get even our own back should that partner quit or die, we won't be able to do anything except live in sin (love that phrase). I reckon that's how you want sinners to live, huh?