No one likes a sore loser. And no one can stand a smug winner gloating about how great they did.
This past several months I’ve been bracing myself for the results of the MN Marriage Amendment vote. I would have bet my last dollar and jar of wrinkle cream the amendment would have passed.
In fact, I had my point of view all prepared as to how I’d address it on TGA.
But then it turns out I’ve had to reconsider.
It’s taken me a few days to put a point of view together, partially because I returned from Boca last Saturday; spent a few days working in consulting world so I could continue to fund this silly lifestyle; then tagged along with Ricky and daughter Cindy to New York for a few days of Ricky working and Cindy and I shopping and doing tourist stuff.
2012 is poised to go down as an historic year for civil rights of same gender couples.
Besides the fact the US Military has maintained its world dominance for over a year in spite of not kicking high caliber talent out of the ranks for being gay, there were a number of other votes that will shape the lives of gays going forward:
My home state of MN became the first and only one of 33 states to put a Constitutional Amendment vote on the ballot and have the public reject it!
Maine and Maryland voters approved same gender marriage, and the state of Washington continues its fight to stay the public referendum allowing same-gender marriage.
Wisconsin elected its first openly gay Senator (a woman) and Obama became the first President who openly supports same gender marriage to be elected (or in this case, re-elected)
Why’d all that happen?
There’s a huge number of reasons, many we may not fully understand or ever know, but here’s my thoughts:
We’re at the point where almost everyone knows a gay person, and even more often a gay couple. And they basically like them. The greener lawn and cleaner car thing is annoying, but a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
People of faith who embrace all aspects of faith, not just the legalism are conflicted, yet embracing the directive to love one another and save judgment for a higher power. Those drunk on legalism will soon find another group to scorn. They always do.
People of faith are appreciating that gays bring the best dishes to the basement pot-luck; and can whip up a breathtaking Christmas fellowship hall decor with nothing more than a pine cone, a roll of tin foil and some left over Valentine decorations. Risking the loss of all that is just too much to bear.
I think people in general are realizing they probably wouldn’t like the public voting who they are and are not allowed to marry, nor voting on which sexual activity they could or could not participate in.
And at the risk of sounding Republican, our great country is in horrible financial shape. Regardless of who’s to blame (Bush and the Wall Street Republicans) there’s alot of stuff to fix and we need to focus on that.
That’s going to take the hard work of many. As our President said “We all do well when we all do well.”
And we will do better as a country with each step we take toward acknowledging the value of every individual and every family.
Not just the ones who conform to a certain antiquated, puritan ideal that probably never existed anyway.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Sincerely hope the Republican Party can figure out a way to not alienate the entire eastern seaboard, well over 1/2 of American women, most gay men and women, and the entire Latino population, because these people vote; and they’re voting to hear nothing of the many good things the party brings to our country.