Were I single, I’d be standing on a chair and asking you all to “Lend me your rear!” Well, if you were cute and I was remotely interested. I’m not, however, single that is, so perhaps you’d lend me your ear. Ever have one of those months where you suddenly stop and say “Enough!” I’m kinda there at the moment. And wouldn’t you know it, it involves one of my favorite subjects (cue sarcasm alert); politics. Well, that and religion. The two seem to go hand in hand these days, don’t they? For a country that’s supposed to be based on a separation between church and state, there seems to be a tremendous amount of grandstanding to the contrary. I’m undoubtedly preaching to the choir with some of this, but there have been a few things that have gotten my deliciously shapely designer underwear in an unseemly bunch.
Where were we? Right. Politics. Even I’m not above admitting I was disappointed with President Obama during the recent debate. He had a real chance to increase his lead over Romney and the opposite happened. Not good. Another anomaly is that the Log Cabin Republicans–who I admittedly continue to see as a bit of a joke and they’ve yet to offer anything to make me rethink this opinion–still haven’t endorsed Romney. It’s October and the election is in November. What are they waiting for? According to an article in the Washington Blade, they’re want to have a meeting with his campaign staff and find out what the candidate’s stance on GLBT issues is before making their decision. Yeah, you keep waiting and good luck with that. In the meantime, the rest of us in the community are pretty much left with the choice of voting for someone willing to embrace us more than any other president has or elect someone who’s vocal about denying our rights.
On a local front, it really doesn’t help when you still have people like Michigan representative Tom McMillin who continues to say things like “I think that the people who are caught up in the homosexual lifestyle need help. We encourage people to stop smoking.” So smoking, which can be described as an addiction, is much the same as being gay because being gay is an addiction? I’m guessing logic wasn’t his strong point in school. Also according to McMillin, “I believe there are statistics to show that (gay people can change).” Really? I wonder if those statistics come from places that offer reparative therapy. You know, those places the American Psychological Association has condemned? And those places that California is banning from having anything to do with teenagers? Same places. And, naturally, the places in California are suing to have the new law thrown out. Don’t even get me started on that.
The thing that gets me about the article discussing Tom McMillin is the one comment left at the bottom of the page; “Tom McMillan continues to be among the few politicians who isn’t afraid to support Christian values.” So, if I read the article correctly, it’s a Christian value to say someone’s not really gay because they (the Christians) don’t believe homosexuality actually exists naturally? I’d argue that point because I have plenty of friends who are Christians know that being gay does occur naturally. Some of them are even gay, so they have firsthand knowledge of it. Finally, it’s a Christian value to deny someone who’s gay the same rights as anybody else? Yeah, because that goes entirely along with the core values of the Christian faith.
When it comes to religion in general, I tend to support the idea of living by most of the ten commandments. I’m not perfect, but there are a few even I haven’t broken. Still, nowhere in them does it state “You shall not be a homosexual” or “You shall only be a heterosexual.” I’m pretty sure if it was as important as religious leaders and politicians think it is today–Alabama Supreme Court candidate Roy Moore stated that gay marriage will lead to the ultimate destruction of America–then I feel certain it would have been included. I don’t recall seeing any reference to us in the seven deadly sins either; lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Ooh, pride. Maybe they’re coming after us for our pride parades?
The Boy Scouts of America made news again by denying a seventeen-year-old his Eagle Scout status. Ryan Andresen has been in the scouts since he was six and now that he’s come full circle by completing all the necessary tasks to attain the distinction of Eagle Scout, the word that came down was ‘no.’ Why? Because agreeing to do one’s duty to God means being a heterosexual, which he discovered he wasn’t during the previous eleven years he devoted to them. Things like this absolutely make my blood boil.
But here’s the crux of this today. Here’s where I’ve wanted to get to after navigating all these other bits. I’m a little annoyed and tired of reading all these articles attacking the GLBT community. And, quite frankly, the opposition is rather tired of us countering. You see…we’re quick learners, we’ve persevered, and we’re pissed. My thing, though, is being told that the marriage to my husband is going to be the downfall of America…and probably the rest of the world at some point. It’s coming, right? Someone’s going to say it if they haven’t already. Somebody always manages to stretch the gay marriage thing into ridiculousness by asking “What’s next? Marrying your animals or marrying children?” Got news for you. It’s not going to happen. One of the commandments does actually tell you not to covet your neighbor’s animals…which I’m sure probably extends to all animals. And marrying children? Yeah, not real popular and getting the best press elsewhere in the world, so it’s doubtful it’ll happen here.
That being said, I’d genuinely like to ask anybody out there who feels that my marriage is a threat to your marriage and/or existence to please explain how. Really, I’d like to know. Pookie and I have been married eight months now, so either all the warnings are complete BS or we’re behind on our being destructive. I’m too busy looking after my father because of his Alzheimer’s and the husband is busy with work and making sure we have money to pay our bills. Thoroughly boring, sorry. I get the feeling we should be having secret meetings, showing charts and figures as to how we can subvert America one city at a time and learn to laugh in a sinister-like manner. Frankly, neither of us really has the time.
So there’s my challenge. How has my marriage impacted your life in any negative way?
Kage Alan is the Pet Semetary watching, Edwin Wendler listening author of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation,” “Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins” and the first book in a separate series, “Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell.” My next door neighbor while I was growing up–and who I wrote about in two of my books–couldn’t wait to pass along Stephen King’s Pet Sematary to me. She said it was the scariest book she’d ever read! We were totally into that sort of thing. The scarier the book, comic or movie, the better. I didn’t think the book was that scary. Maybe it was the expectation level I had. But when I saw the movie during college? Now THAT scared the hell out of me! It’s still pretty gruesome and a perfect recent addition to my Blu-Ray collection. I can get away with saying “my” collection because Pookie will never watch it. heh heh heh