Jeff Pearlman

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Gay marriage and righteous words

I thought Rep. Maureen Walsh‘s statement today on why she, a Republican, supports gay marriage was as profound as anything I’ve heard on the issue.

Truth is, gay marriage will soon be a non-issue. It might take five years, it might take 10. But, before long, it’ll be as accepted as interracial and inter-faith marriage. And, eventually, people like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich will apologize for their bigoted, closed-minded takes on what is a basic civil right.

It’s fascinating, the way history works in relation to civil rights. People oppose and oppose and opose and then, one day, something hits them. Hey, gays marrying isn’t a big deal; isn’t destroying the fabric of our country. In the same way the Catholic Church technically opposes birth control, without uttering a peep about it, it will one day “oppose” gay marriage—without saying a damn thing about it.

One more thing: Back when I was in college I owned a pin that read STRAIGHT, NOT NARROW. I got it at a march on Washington, D.C., and felt empowered wearing it. Truth be told, however, the pin was flawed. Whether one is gay or straight matters not. I no longer feel the need to say/think, “… not that I’m gay.” Hell, feel free to think I’m gay. Or straight. Or both. Doesn’t matter. People are people.

And, if either/both of my kids are gay, I won’t give a shit. I mean that. I won’t have to adjust or accept or “find a way to embrace.” It won’t matter. At all.

Hopefully, you feel the same way.

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