Bleh and Rant
I'm at a level of maximum disaster-proneness right now. I've got five papers due in the next two weeks, three of which I've done no reading for, and I'm constantly tired. I just want to hide under something and sleep for a long time. Last night, after finding my car, I managed to spill coffee all over myself and the seat - coffee with milk, which is just a death knell for upholstery. Confession: I cried a little out of frustration.
And I signed up for the gym a month ago and since then have managed to go three whole times and have actually gained weight. Wouldn't it be funny if I were fatter at my wedding than I'd ever been in my life? Yeah, ha ha ha.
Enough kvetching. I'm not on fire, right?
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Most of my posts over the past few weeks have been related to gay marriage. I was thinking the other day about why I'm so passionate about this particular topic. I mean, I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Why am I not railing about the Iraq situation? Bush's spending policies? The new CA initiative to tax Native American casino income?
I guess that I see a difference in a lot of situations between my opinion and the Truth. Even on issues like vouchers and welfare, I can see where the other side is coming from, even though I violently disagree. There are grey areas. There are perspectives.
There is no grey area about permitting people of the same sex to marry. It is the Right Thing To Do™. The people who oppose it are wrong. I have heard no credible arguments against it whatsoever. Tradition? Bah! Have you read any history lately? Religion? Is there not a separation of church and state? Separate but equal? May I refer you to the Civil Rights movement? Threat to the sacred institution? Two words: Britney. Spears. Heteronormatively subsuming the uniqueness of the queer community? Nobody's making you get hitched - it's about not being treated like a second-class citizen as much as it is about marriage.
I am shocked and appalled by the moral and political blindness of so many Americans on this topic. I think that this struggle is one of those historic moments, like suffrage or civil rights, that we will look back on with mingled shame and pride - shame at how long we resisted and pride for those who stood up for what they knew was right.
That, and it's one of the few political trends I see heading in a direction I like these days. Gotta focus on the hope in the midst of the chaos, or I'd be too depressed for words.