Well gay marriages have been legal in Massachusetts for a year now and for some reason society has not collapsed.
This hot button issue. which many credit as leading the Republicans to victory in 2004 elections, has lost some steam since it was used to whip Christian Conservatives into a holy frenzy of frothy rabid goodness that led 11 states to pass anti-gay legislation.
It looks like it may be turning around, at least in one state. The Massachusetts Legislature just voted 157-39 against the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and overturn the court ruling in the state.
How could this happen – wasn’t gay marriage a threat to the very fabric of our society? Wasn’t it the slap in the face of traditional marriage that would make all heterosexual marriages null and void? I guess none of that happened.
So how do you account for this seemingly 180-degree turn in the attitude toward gay marriage in Massachusetts? Let’s hear from one of the co-sponsors of the proposed amendment. “Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry,” said state Sen. Brian Lees, a Republican who had been a co-sponsor of the amendment. “This amendment which was an appropriate measure or compromise a year ago, is no longer, I feel, a compromise today.”
Well what do you know about that? Adam and Steve got married and nothing bad happened to anyone.
I guess I would like it if this event somehow opened people’s eyes to the fact that all the gay marriage doomsayers were manipulating people and not actually threatened. Or that two people getting married regardless of their orientation is a fine thing and not in any way dangerous or confusing for society. But I suspect it will just be business as usual, combined with looks of disgust at the Massachusetts liberals and their hell-bound married gay pals.
But then it is the belief of Christian Conservatives always to err on the side of dogma and stupidity, which is why Ahhnold will probably be the mook that he is and veto the same-sex marriage bill that passed the legislature in his state. Way to be progressive buddy.
However I do think the defeat of the amendment in Massachusetts WILL have an effect. Hopefully Massachussetts’ example, combined with the much more forward-thinking Canadians’ support of gay marriage, will show that society is not in danger because two people love each other and might just loosen some of the fire and brimstone rhetoric being spewed by the people of very little brain.
Kudos to Massachusetts – I’m proud of all of you, now hopefully for your next trick you can chuck that poo-head governor of yours and send him on his way.
This article originally appeared on The Rudicus Report.