Yesterday, I was chained to my laptop, hard at work writing about the ins and outs of the American system of higher education. Riveting stuff. But I kept having my attention pulled away by the constantly repeating stories on CNN. Yeah, Sonia Sotomayor got the SCOTUS nomination (yay for the Latina from the BX!) and Kim Jong Il and his buddies are acting a monkey, but it was the California Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to uphold Proposition 8 (which banned gay marriage in the state last fall) that had me yelling at the screen.
Yes, Iâ€™m glad they didnâ€™t dissolve the 18,000 legal marriages that were granted last year. And, no, I canâ€™t say I actually expected the court to reverse the ballot measure; the people of California pulled the lever for that one. It was actually the featured â€œexpertsâ€ that pissed me off.
Whether or not you approve of gay and lesbian marriage (remind me again why itâ€™s any of our business to â€œapproveâ€ of it?), I think the pro-marriage argument that forbidding them to marry is a violation of their rights to do what every one else in this country takes for granted is a darn good argument. And on the other side of the issue, I understand someone who quotes their holy book as to why they donâ€™t consider these families to be â€œrealâ€â€”religion is a powerful thing.
But when Reverend Myles McPherson, a Black man who tends to a flock of 12,000 in San Diego, said that he opposes gay marriage because in the beginning of this country, marriage was about a man and a woman and thatâ€™s the way it should always be, I lost my shit. â€œIn the beginning,â€ I yelled at the television, â€œyou were considered three-fifths of a man! What if that was the way it should always be?!â€
That is all.
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