Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Really, What is the Big Deal?

On the way to work I listen to NPR. On Wednesday morning I listened to the aftermath of Tuesday’s election and ranted all the way to work when I learned that the voters in Maine repealed their law that allowed gay couples in that state to get married.

“What is the big deal?” I asked the inside of my windshield. Can anyone out there on the Internet answer this question? I am having trouble understanding why this is such a heated issue. Am I missing something?

The last time I checked, we live in America. America, also known as the land of the free and the home of the brave—you know, that part at the very end of our national anthem? Why, in the year 2009, is this such a big deal?

What’s the worst that would happen if gay couples were allowed to marry in every state of this nation? Is gay marriage a threat to national security? Will gay marriage change my marriage, or my life? Will it cause the sun to rise in the west if legalized? Will it rain dog shit if gay people can marry? Will chickens lay hard boiled eggs?

The way I see it, only good could come out of gay marriage. More people would be allowed to share every bit of their lives with their best friend. More people could build a family without judgment from anyone else—in a time when families in our nation are falling apart.

Again I ask, will someone please tell me what the big deal is?

Give me one good reason.

I dare you.

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Anonymous George W. Bush said...

If gay people can get married, god will smite us all. I am sure of it.

November 4, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

George, maybe you're right. I mean, it might not rain dog shit, but there's that swarm of locusts that we need to watch out for. ;-)

November 5, 2009 at 9:43 AM  
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November 7, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Yeah Anonymous! Right on!

November 8, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger la isla d'lisa said...

Heh-heh ... I had my blog hissy-fit on this subject back in June, when I'd reached my limit. I truly can't understand why it's even an issue. Since I fully expect gays to be active members of the community then I certainly believe they deserve to enjoy all the advantages (and annoyances) of 'everyday' life, no restrictions. Who does it threaten, anyway? Sheesh.

November 10, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Isla, when I wrote that post I tried to think of how it would change my life. And I couldn't think of one thing. Then I poked around on the internet to see how it would change other peoples lives, and I didn't really find anything either.

But the thing I kept bumping into was where people said "Marriage is between a man and a woman. Period." And all I could think was "Well, obviously it is not. So, why make that declaration?"

Well, we can't change the world all at once, right? But we can try.

November 11, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

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