Guys, I have thought a lot about what’s going on with the Supreme Court, (I seriously will never use the acronym SCOTUS, ever. Ever.) and Proposition 8, and DOMA, and the equal signs on Facebook and Twitter. Not time considering them; I obviously know where I stand and where almost every person I associate with stands. What bothers me, and I don’t know how this translates from common sense to Law, is that we legitimize these sorts of stupid arguments at all. Like, if I don’t like bikes (and I do not), that doesn’t mean that everyone who enjoys biking is lesser than I am. It doesn’t mean that bikers shouldn’t be allowed the same protective traffic laws that I enjoy while driving my car the way God intended. If I went into a town hall meeting and was like, “Jesus Hates Bikers! We should make sure they don’t have the same rights as us honest ‘Mericans. If God intended for everyone to ride bikes he would have given all of us good balance and quick reaction time. It’s unnatural!*” everyone would think I was a crazy person.
So, while I am proud to see the progress we’re making as a country, and proud to see a million pink equals signs on my friend’s Facebook walls, I am tired and saddened by the pace at which that progress moves and the fact that we allow both sides of a human rights issue to be heard when one side is common sense with Constitutional back-up and the other side is a bunch of scared bigots hiding behind misinterpreted Bible verses. I am exhausted by politicians who don’t give a fuck about equal rights one way or another, but support what they think will get them the most votes. And I am irate that the same people who want big government out of our lives have no problem shoving them into our marriages (and our reproductive organs-yes, Sarah Palin, I’m talking to you, you squawking fuckbox of ignorance). But we’ve sat and talked like this before.
So I’ll just let this Willie Nelson interview with political newsletter, Texas Monthly speak for me and all the pandas who don’t have blogs, echo our hopes, dreams, and frustrations:
Texas Monthly: You’re closely following the Supreme Court’s consideration of gay rights and same-sex marriage.
Willie Nelson: I am. And it’s ridiculous to me that this is something we’re having a conversation about this in this day and age. I thought it was something that was settled a long time ago.
TM: Clearly not.
WN: Clearly not. And obviously, even the Supreme Court doesn’t know what to do about it. They say, ‘Don’t ask me. Ask somebody else.’ They don’t want to get in the middle of the states on it. And what are they going to do, come in and override states that have said it’s okay? It’s a mess.
TM: With same-sex marriage legal in some states and not in others, equality means different things different places.
WN: For same-sex couples, taxes are different, benefits are different, survivor benefits are different. It’s crazy.
TM: You’ve been a supporter of LBGT issues over the years. Outspoken even.
WN: I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.
TM: But where you came from was small town Texas in the thirties and forties. Was Abbott more forward-thinking than we give it credit for?
WN: We were a lot like New York City. [laughs] With shorter buildings.
TM: But especially for a Texan, and more so, a Texan playing country music, you came around to this idea relatively early on.
WN: It never came up. Gay or straight? Married, not married? It was never a question. And now there’s fussin’, fightin’, and arguin’ over it? Let’s get off that and talk about guns.
TM: For better or worse, you’ve also grown into a reputation as something of an authority on marriage itself.
WN: I’ve been there and back a few times. It’s not perfect, so why should we expect it to be perfect for everybody?
TM: But to be clear, you think everybody should be able to get married?
WN: Absolutely. I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.
TM: A lot of people think this battle echoes the fight for civil rights in the sixties.
WN: It does. It’s about human rights. As humanity, we’ve come through so many problems from the beginning to here. I guess it finally had to come around to this. This is just another situation, another problem. We’ll work it out and move on.
TM: And what do you think they’ll say when they look back on this?
WN: We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.
* Should anyone opposed to marriage equality have stumbled onto this site accidentally, the above quotation is what you look like to the rest of us, but with poorer grammar.
Also, this Onion article is the best thing ever. Skip this blog and read that if you only have time for one.