“Gay and lesbian people are equal. They deserve equal protection of the laws, and they deserve it now.” These are the powerful words of Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. This curly haired boy can now marry another man! I can pack up my things and move to Mississippi if I wanted to and marry me a fine southern gentleman. Although I’d still probably be shot or lynch mobbed during the wedding reception, but the point is I would be legally married!
But seriously, this is major. I feel privileged to be living in such a historic time. It’s only been 7 years since Prop 8 banned same-sex marriage here in California in 2008, and 11 years since Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage in 2004. Things seem to have moved relatively quickly, but there was a time when there seemed like no hope for the gay community.
Before 1962, it was illegal to be gay, period. There were sodomy laws up the wazoo and gays were being thrown into prison left and right. Because that makes so much sense. Let’s persecute gays for having gay sex and then lock them in jail where all they will do is have gay sex. Just not the pleasurable kind. Probably. It’s amazing how much has changed.
Before that, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Men and women all over the country were subjected to lobotomies and shock treatments just for being themselves. Special drug cocktails were prescribed to help “cure” gay individuals and make them like everybody else. The only thing it did was make them actually sick.
You think that was bad? Think back 236 years ago; 1779, Thomas Jefferson, Virginia. Ol’ TJ with all the goodness in his heart decided to write a law which called for castration for anyone who engaged in sodomy. Really? Yes, really. And he was being nice since the law at the time called for death as a suitable punishment for gays.
Here and Now
So, when you think about it, we are really very, very lucky to be living NOW. We’ll never really be able to comprehend all the things our forefathers and foremothers went through. All the shit they had to dig through to get to where we are today.
Many people will still be angry by this ruling today. They’ll get their already too tight panties in a twist and spout off about the Gay Agenda, the Gay Agenda!
Well, you’re right. We do have an agenda. It’s been the same agenda since the beginning of time when the first gay caveman realized that he wanted to sleep with Adam instead of Eve. That we are equal in every way to you! And that we will have our equality recognized one day. That has been our only agenda and now all I can say is, “Neener neener neener!” But really, all I can do is be grateful. Be grateful and shout, “Yasss!”, at the top of my lungs. This truly is a month to be proud.
I’m grateful that I can hold hands with another man without being put to death. I’m grateful that I can kiss another man in public without being classified as a sexual deviant. And I’m grateful to be able to put a ring on it, set a date, get all dolled up, and marry that special man in my life. Now, all I gotta do is find me a man.