Friday, April 3, 2009

It's only a matter of time

I know the Vermont governor has promised to veto the bill, but it's always nice to wake up to news that people have taken steps to recognize the inherent worth of a previously marginalized segment of society. The Vermont House yesterday passed a bill allowing same sex marriage.

We're getting there. Way too slowly, but surely.


Anonymous said...

You can believe this is about civil rights - it is not. It is about the gay community desperately trying to get the rest of us to say that they are just as "normal" as the rest of us. Sorry - biology says otherwise.

S said...

First, biology doesn't say otherwise. Nature is replete with examples of same-sex activity among hundreds of species.

Being a minority doesn't make someone not normal. Only about 10% of the population is left-handed. Are left-handed people not as "normal" as the rest of us? And if biology really says otherwise, then how on earth do you explain people to whom biology didn't assign an easily-defined sex?

Aren't most civil rights issues, at least on some level, about acceptance? So, yes, civil marriage rights for same-sex couples is a civil rights issue. And in a few decades, when the majority see how wrong our society has been to label homosexuality as some freakish abnormality, we'll wonder how on earth we didn't get it sooner.

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