As of this afternoon, all statewide bans on gay marriage across America have been defeated. The Supreme Court ruled in a narrow 5-4 majority that the marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples must be extended to homosexual ones.
This decision may not ever directly affect me. I can be attracted to anyone of either gender for their personality, but my instinctive physical responses are so weighted towards women that it's hard for me to use the term "bisexual" with a straight face, despite its technical accuracy. The fragment of same-sex attraction that terrified me in middle school and confused me for two years after now seems only a small shard of my full identity, significant more for its potential social ramifications than its actual attributes.
Nonetheless, I'm glad the ruling took place, both for same-sex marriage itself and the legitimacy it grants homosexuality and bisexuality in the eyes of our culture. The LGBT community hasn't necessarily won yet, but the people who want to throw them back in the closet have lost, and in time I suspect even the Republicans will have little use for their bigotry, despite the shitstorm that party is throwing up right now. Gay has entered the mainstream.
The New Testament condemns homosexuality as immoral, and the Old Testament brands it a crime worthy of death, but our society has left many of that book's other judgements behind, and this one seems likely to fade as well. Many Americans who support gay marriage identify as Christian, after all. Their beliefs come as much from their own emotions and their internal sense of right and wrong as the words of their holy book.
Is that a complement? I think so, but I'm an atheist. Make of it what you will.
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