Excellent editorial by Howard Troxler of the St. Petersburg Times asking the (quasi-)Religious Right some difficult questions about the Biblical roots of their campaign to stop gay marriage before it starts. The religious objection to homosexuality I can’t argue against; if your god tells you not to practice homosexuality, it seems that neither can you. The bizarre fixation on this particular ‘issue’ in a world with so many more pressing problems is what boggles the mind. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: gay marriage will have no meaningful effect on the lives of most Americans (or anyone else, for that matter). I catalogue the exact effects as follows:
- If you voted against a gay marriage amendments this November, or would have, you might be invited to a few more weddings in the course of your life.
- If you voted for a gay marriage amendment this fall, or would have if you could, you weren’t going to be invited to those weddings anway.
Meanwhile, I predict that when a gay marriage amendment comes up for vote in Massachusetts, it will fail. Wednesday, it will have been six months since state officials began performing marriages in MA (including one for a former professor of mine). The strength of the Democratic party and liberalism in general will go a long way towards preventing a constitutional ban; what will tip the balance is when the voters look around and realize that, despite all the dire warnings to the contrary, the only change in their world is a surge in ring sales.
So if you’re one of the millions of Americans wondering what effect gay marriage could have, just remember that it’s much more serious than you thought: someday, someone you know may have to RSVP.