Homosexuality is very likely biological, an emergent property from a confluence of genes that were selected for other reasons. That doesn’t make the people who are homosexual any less fully human, and my heart sings out that a federal judge in San Francisco has struck down California’s infamous Proposition 8 as unconstitutional in that it abridges the rights of those fully human individuals to marry, and to benefit from the same legal protections afforded by the institution as heterosexual couples. Not only did he strike it down, but he wrote several pages explaining all the ways Prop8 is horrid:
Proposition 8 places the force of law behind stigmas against gays and lesbians, including: gays and lesbians do not have intimate relationships similar to heterosexual couples; gays and lesbians are not as good as heterosexuals; and gay and lesbian relationships do not deserve the full recognition of society.
Well-known stereotypes about gay men and lesbians include a belief that gays and lesbians are affluent, self-absorbed and incapable of forming long-term intimate relationships. Other stereotypes imagine gay men and lesbians as disease vectors or as child molesters who recruit young children into homosexuality. No evidence supports these stereotypes.
Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents.
And then, as though to harsh my buzz, along came a certain detestable piece of offal to bloviate about the news.
Pat Robertson, it’s a shame you can’t go to hell. I cannot understand why Pat, and so many other fundies, seem to think that the whole concept of gay marriage is some sort of zero-sum game — that when gays are allowed to marry, it somehow devalues heterosexual marriage. I have it on good authority that the heterosexual marriages in California are still intact, and that not a one has collapsed and resulted in divorce because of the striking-down of Prop8. Gays being allowed to choose monogamous arrangements with one another, and develop nuclear families with adopted children, ought to be celebrated, considering the fundies seem to think that homosexuality is nothing but debauchery.
Look at these couples. Every one of them is in love. Every one of them is beautiful in their moment of vindication. And their ability to choose to grow old together can do nothing but increase the net happiness of this planet.
Well, unless you count the happiness of fundies whose goal is to get everyone to live by the same rules they do, out of some twisted sense that their book of fairy tales somehow makes them superior to outgroups like the homosexuals. Or blacks, once upon a time. Or women, once upon a time. Or Jews, once upon a time. No, those fundies are definitely unhappy about others being allowed to be happy.
I don’t even know if it’s worth railing about, when idiots like Robertson yammer on about how their god hates certain classes of people. I mean, look at history! It’s only a matter of time before society wears them down and out of their backward Bible-based beliefs. I know, I know, next they’ll develop an “other” to turn into a boogeyman from your other Leviticus verses, someone you can make fun of and demonize and abridge their rights with impunity. Like midgets. Or eunuchs. But until that day, the anti-gay forces are steadily on the decline as religiosity among youth is waning and the religious folks’ ages are waxing. Humankind will eventually outgrow its anti-gay bigotry.
There will probably be some flotsam, and there will be insidious re-infection of the anti-gay meme, much in the same way that certain areas and certain political groups in America are still deeply racist. But I take heart in that the human race will, inevitably, one day move on and leave such dregs behind.