Wednesday, July 14, 2004


So the most important vote about Greatest Challenge to Our American Way of Life – the gay marriage ban – “explodes with the pale puff of a wet firecracker.*” All this sturm und drang, and all the Republicans can muster is 48 measley votes. Oh yes, there are threats by backers of this reactionary bit of medieval social engineering that they will be back, but like so many attempts at legislating morality, it will fizzle and go out.

I’m ambivalent about gay marriage myself. When I had a partner, we considered ourselves to be married, as did our families. We owned a house together, shared finances, and found a good lawyer who wrote us wills and medical testaments that granted each of us rights of survivorship. Would we have gotten married if we’d had the opportunity? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But it would have been nice to have the choice. When you get right down to it, that’s all we’re asking for – the chance to have the choice.

*Inherit the Wind, Act II, Scene 2, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee