So here's the thing. I made a conscious decision years ago never to talk about anything contentious in my blog. Not because I don't have opinions abut these things. Ohhhhhhhh no, believe me I do. But because I try to avoid right-wing nut-jobs as much as possible. And (for reasons I still can't get my head around), nothing unearths the nut-jobs quite like an opinionated liberal mommy blogger. And since I spent the first 18 years of my life surrounded by angry right-wingers in apartheid South Africa, I try my damnedest to avoid them these days.
So that's meant I've had to bite my tongue about religion, abortion, breastfeeding, politics, co-sleeping, marijuana and, of course, gay rights. But today I'm breaking my rule. I had a fantastic night's sleep last night and I'm feeling strong. So I think I can take on the right-wingers, religious zealots and even a few nut-jobs thrown in for good measure.
So here goes. Gay marriage is not a social issue. Social issues are things like poverty, obesity, homelessness or abuse. These are real issues that we should all be thinking about and working to fix. Gay marriage is just 2 people that love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. End of story. I don't understand why everybody makes such a big deal about it.
As Clint Eastwood so aptly said, "These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
Frankly, I'm bored by the whole thing. Just let gay people get married so we can focus on the real problems. And most importantly so gay people can too. Because they are some of the smartest, richest and most connected people I know. If anyone can help fix America, gay people can. And right now all that collective gay wealth and brainpower is focused on gay rights when it could be fighting homelessness, poverty, abuse and joblessness.
So stop wingeing and crying about the downfall of America. Let gay people get married. And then let's all work together to make America better.
Okay, that's the end of my rant. Oh, and one last thing. Don't use the "what do I tell my children when 2 men get married?" excuse. Here's what you say; "when 2 people love eachother, they get married". I guarantee your kids will accept that and move on. Will you?