Gay Marriage is the modern Bread and Circus. It’s used to distract from the real issues in the USA. In this case?The cynic in me says this… It was election year and Obama is rather competent. Republicans have nothing else (and to be fair, Obama is guilty of this to some extent himself but it seems reactionary rather than something he starts) to go on apart from attempting to play the “Won’t Someone Think of the Children” card. There are big issues in the world. We are running out of fuel. We are in the economic doldrums. AIDS… And yet we see pandering to people who think the BIGGEST problem being faced is two people of the same gender getting married. It’s bread and circuses. It distracts from these very real issues which is precisely why it’s being contested. Republicans don’t lose anything by gay people getting married. They do however gain a lot from opposing it. It gets them votes from the kind of people who don’t think beyond the hype from a few nutters. And nutters do scream the loudest (mainly because normal, sensible and logical people have better things to do than scream about how gay sex summons hurricanes).
It’s a pointless piece of oppression done solely to distract people. It polarises the fears of people wh fear and hate the gays into a civil rights issue which forces anyone sensible to argue over this issue rather than say “Fiscal Policy”. The American Right benefit from this because if you are too busy fighting over this then you won’t pay attention to other things. How many people vote for Republicans as the “moral” choice based on things like this when in reality the other republican platforms are straight terrible for some people. The argument in the UK used for this is “Makes You Wan’t To Vote BNP, Don’t It?”. Where you indicate a willingness to vote for Neo-Nazis because they have a tough stance on whatever it is you hate today. I fear the sole reason the USA debates things like basic healthcare for women or the right of two people to sign a register that gives them some benefits is solely to create issues where there are none because honestly there is no choice between the two parties. You are basically torn between red or blue. Far Right and Centre-Right. It’s a lovely piece of legerdemaine where you can distract people from seriously major issues over what two people chose to do in the privacy of their own homes by portraying it as the downfall of society rather than say “Non-Ethical Banking” and “Unregulated Industrial Pollution”.