It fascinates me and I don't know why.
It fascinates me to see the slow, downright evolutionary pace, with which our gay American cousins are having their human rights "granted" to them. In Canada, we're only a few years ahead, having gained same-sex partnership rights at the end of the 1990's and out-right legal marriage since 2005, so from my own perspective, what's going on south of the border has no effect on me. My intense interest, therefore, must come from the fact that I paid no attention to the topic when Canada was wrestling with this "demon" over a decade ago. At that time, I was a deeply closeted, "straight acting" father with no interest in the affairs of gay people.
How times have changed. This past summer, like millions in the USA, I was riveted on the internet news feed, waiting for the Supreme Court of the USA to rule on this topic. And ever since that historic day, the anti-gay marriage faction's house of cards has been slowly crumbling. Ever so slowly. On last count, less than half of the USA's states have enabled gay marriage.
Most of my current news comes from following gay marriage "pioneer" Stuart Gaffney on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stuartgaffney).
|Stuart Gaffney (r) and his husband John Lewis|
His posts several times a day have me entranced by the machinations of the ultra right wing agenda as they throw every obstacle they can muster in the way of allowing people the basic human right to love whomever they wish. The good news is they seem to be losing on a daily basis. Even as that bastion of morality and values, Phil Robertson, while wrapped in a bible and standing before a burning cross, gets his duck called by A&E for voicing his racist ideals and his idiotic views of homosexuality, the "moral majority" is losing the battle. Hallelujah!
Even though A&E has gone soft on patriarch Phil, I haven't. He, his show and his family will still be "on hiatus" with me. And although I have no say in the matter, I will continue to wish the best for those that desire the "land of the free" be truly that, and I will continue to observe the slow march to freedom for USA LGTBQ couples.
Like a moth to a flame . . .