Wednesday, March 3, 2010
If we now allow same sex marriage in Washington, D.C., assuming Congress or the courts don't stop it, doesn't that mean that the battle for marriage equality is essentially over? D.C. is, after all, the capital of the United States of America. When visitors from foreign countries tour our capital, they probably assume that whatever is allowed in the capital must be the law of the United States. The nuances of our federal system are probably lost on most of the world. And while protesters from Kansas and elsewhere are making a valiant last ditch stand against same sex marriage, they also will have a hard argument to make that the capital of the United States of America is not the real America. But do they understand, I wonder, that they so emphatically and proudly stand for hate, while the couples getting married stand for love?
The photo above shows Morgan Murphy and Todd Williamson, a straight couple who waited in protest until gay marriage was allowed, before getting a marriage license, and an unidentified hater draped in flags and a stylish purple sweatshirt. (by Jeff Malet from TPM) That's at least one piece of anecdotal evidence that allowing gay marriage is not exactly threatening this particular traditional marriage.