I’ve been yelling at the radio a lot more often lately. The preponderance of absolute ill-informed stupidity that is making it way to the media outlets in recent months is appallingly outstanding. From the tea parties of the health care debates to blaming the $1.2 trillion federal deficit on the Obama administration to the H1N1 vaccine melee, there have been a lot of blowhards in the media spreading knee-jerk messages of fear and contempt.
However, when the results from the Maine election yesterday came in and found that Maine was the 31st state to reject same sex marriage, I merely sighed. “At least Washington voted for expanded benefits for same sex couples,” I thought.
But listening to the story this morning on NPR on my way to work sparked a different reaction. Within the first couple sentences I was already muttering swear words, getting more frustrated as the story went on. When they played a quote from a representative from the “protect marriage” group that was jubilant over the results, I flipped. He said something to the extent of “It’s not about hating gays or gay couples, it’s about protecting the sanctity of marriage that should only be between a man and a woman.” That’s when I started yelling.
“ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! NOT ABOUT HATE??! YOU HATE-MONGERING SONS OF BITCHES DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE! YOU FUCK UP MARRIAGE ALL THE TIME!”
And that’s when I, rather unexpectedly, started crying.
I could go on for days about the subject, and most of isn’t anything that hasn’t been said twenty times before, but man… it still astonishes me that the vast majority of my fellow countrymen have this antiquated and outright hateful notion based upon what can probably be dumbed down to as a “feeling of ickiness” at the notion of gay marriage.