So it was a quiet Sunday morning and the “news” shows and “respected journalists” were yammering about whether or not coming out for same sex marriage would help or hurt some particular candidate’s re-election efforts.
“Sixty percent of those polled indicate his stance will have no effect on their vote; 16% said they are less likely to vote for him while”… yadayadayada.
During the last Presidential election, Mitt, who believes that Joseph Smith really talked to god (or was it the angel Moroni?), Jesus Christ appeared to the native people of North America (one of the 12 tribes ya know) and the Garden of Eden is in Missouri made his opposition quite clear at a commencement at Liberty Bible College. I wonder if he talked to the prophet in Salt Lake before his pronouncement. Silly evangelical starry eyed kids cheered, even if they originally protested at having a Mormon at their commencement. I wondered how many in the graduating class were fighting and/or indulging their own sinful “unnatural” lusts.
Evil “secular humanist” socialist that I am, some of these folks strike me as delusional. The scariest part is that one of them was running for President. “When the Constitution is hanging by a thread”…..etc. Google “Mormon White Horse prophecy.”
While the fight goes on my married lesbian niece and her partner in Massachusetts live their lives. My niece has a biological daughter (from the “bank”) and her partner also has a biological daughter with the same father, so the children are half-sisters.
They have a lovely home, work every day, pay their taxes, shop for food, service the car, cut the grass, haul wood for the wood stoves, go to church (Unitarians – yeah I know; that don’t count right?), worry about the quality of schools, worry about “having two mommies”, save for college educations, save for retirement, pay their health insurance. etc. They get along with their neighbors, have straight and gay friends, see family regularly and on holidays, even go on vacation once in a while – and bother no one.
Exciting the lesbian life ain’t it?
They have family who love and support them in their life’s quest for happiness. I am among them.
When they married, this old man got a special call – would I be there? It was important to them. We were there – me and my girls and their men – with bells on. One of the best fun weddings I ever attended.
Should my niece have lived a lie because other people think she should? Perhaps have married a man and faked it?
I think not, though each of them is lovely and could have easily found a man if that was what they decided. They took the harder road.
Should she live as a second class citizen because someone else thinks she should?
I think not.
So while the “marriage war” goes on, my niece and her partner are creating the new reality. They did not wait for equality; they claimed it and seized it for themselves. It is they and couples like them who are leading the way. They are the boots on the ground.
Meanwhile be assured, if you had any doubt, straight people still get married in Massachusetts.
Twenty five years from now folks will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about – thanks to people like my niece.