The President Who Came Out of the Closet

It gets better, Mr. President

Let me make it plain. I don’t care about gay marriage. But then I don’t care about straight marriage either. I mean, since I’ve been married for 31 years, I’m pretty good at it, but I don’t think being married is all that big of a thing. The idea that one person can meet all your needs mentally, physically, intellectually and especially, sexually for the rest of your life always and forever strikes me as damn near impossible.

But if gay folks want to join me in the institution of marriage, why the hell should I be upset? There’s enough misery to share so come on down and get your share.

Like Barack Obama, my position on same-sex marriage had to evolve and what it evolved to was it is no business of mine who wants to get married. As long as its limited to two people of the age of majority, they can jump the broom and turn the two into one. More power to them. The greatest right is the right to be left the hell alone. I can’t think of a single credible reason to be opposed to gay marriage that doesn’t have bigotry and homophobia attached to it.

And I know I’m not hearing any noise from folks  saying they are against gay marriage because it’s “unnatural” and if it keeps up there won’t be babies born.

If there’s two things there are no shortage of its babies and stupid people making babies they don’t love, won’t take care of and really don’t want.  The biggest threat to heterosexual marriage are cheating, divorcing, spouse abusing, not ready to be married HETEROSEXUALS.

Never mind all the number of marriages that crash and burn in bitter divorce.  Forget about all the wives being thumped by husbands.   Let’s not dwell on all those men who slip their ring off along with their boxer shorts to cheat with some other man’s wife.   We can focus on what a threat  celebrity marriages are and how Kim Kardashian’s 72-days long  drive-by nuptials isn’t even close to being the shortest on record.  Try Cher and Gregg Allman’s eight-days of wedded bliss for making a total joke of holy matrimony.

Two women raising their kids together next door isn’t a “threat” to my many years of matrimony.   Anyone who uses that as an excuse for their own shit being raggedy, has no business being married in the first damn place.

Let’s get serious here, people. Bruce and Dick putting a ring on it isn’t going to make one married couple break apart, so don’t use my situation to justify your issues with homosexuals, okay?   The last group that can hide behind their fear of a gay planet are Blacks.   If our right to vote were put up to a vote the way the right for gays and lesbians to get married has been, how many of the 50 states would take that right away, especially when there’s a Black man running for reelection?   Rights should never be subject to who has the best 30-second ad.

As far as Obama coming out (after Joe Biden gave him a big-ass push out of the closet) for gay marriage, the obvious question is, “Evolution complete then?”

Those who were waiting for Obama to come out in favor of gay marriage will be pleased. Those who were waiting for Obama to come out in favor of gay marriage that don’t like Obama or gay marriage will howl like stuck pigs.

Those who are blind cynics that are in favor of gay marriage but don’t want to say anything nice about Obama being in favor of it too will grumble, gripe and grip that it’s too little too late, that he should have done it on Inauguration Day 2008 and that it’s purely pandering to an important Democratic base.

Everyone else? As you were. The sun will rise in the East and set in the West and by the time our kids are having kids, they won’t think twice about those two nice old guys who walk their dog and wave “hello” at their neighbors.

At least not in my neighborhood. Yours might have a problem with it.

“red” vs. “blue” perspectives on the president’s decision.

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4 thoughts on “The President Who Came Out of the Closet

  1. (1) Great photo, the two newspapers side by side. (2) Feedback re the new template design: I think it carries less strength and doesn’t reflect the power of your thoughts; too “nice.” Sure, “pleasing,” if that’s what you’re going for… I find it harder to read (gray background? or font too small maybe for that background) and more like your sweet aunt’s blogsite; just not you. I’m not necessarily supporting a shift back to the former design, but just not this one So, that and a quarter, as they say.

    • Well, I must admit that I’m trying to adjust to the the new template too, Meredith. I thought the font was actually larger and clearer than the old one. I simply thought it was time for a change, but I’ll keep trying to find one that accommodates the needs of the reader as well as my own. Thanks for the input. 🙂

  2. MY GOD, I’m so glad you came into this century LOL. I think you and I had some heated conversations about this in the past. What’s strikingly ironic to me is how hostel ‘we’ can be when engaging in conversations about our right to vote, which has never really (technically) been made official; yet approve of someone else’s right to marry being restituted. If I’m not mistaken, our right to vote has been in question for quite some time. And I don’t pray for the worst (because I would be affected by what I’m about to suggest) but what if our rights to vote where stripped from us, in the same manner that we assisting with stripping their right to marriage? Just something to think about.

  3. I was proud of our president for what he said. Many out there were pissed at him for waiting so long, but whatever. It took guts. He knew it would cost him, and he did it anyway. My position has evolved too. I think it’s harder for those of us over, say, 40, who had to get used to the idea. Our culture has had to evolve in its thinking too. (I’d never heard the term “lesbian” until I was maybe nine or ten years old. There wasn’t much discussion about LBGT when I was growing up. And if there was out there in the culture, it was largely negative.)

    To me it comes down to love, and the fact that life can be shitty and hard enough as it is. Imagine not being able to be one’s true self and simply love another person because of your sexual identity. For those threatened by gay marriage? Get over it; get over yourselves.

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