Illinois became the 15th state to allow gay marriage. I write that realizing that I just wrote the most fucked up sentence in the history of sentences. I’ve already noted that the 4th century Catholic church not only sanctified gay marriages, it performed them. That’s right, it took 61 brave members of the Illinois House of Representatives to drag our happy asses into the 4th century. You can make what you want out of the phrase “happy asses.” So, I’m thrilled shitless that my LGBT friends get the same legal protections for their relationships that my two failed marriages enjoy. But I’m horribly saddened that this is an issue in the first place. Granting people the same rights as people …. God, how fucked up is that statement? …. shouldn’t be difficult, yet it is. Hate, fear, ignorance and greed – see how much money these assholes earn off their idiot followers – continue to hamper efforts to make us all equal under the eyes of the law. But, they only hamper. Slowly, inexorably, justice comes, equality reigns and we become a better species.
I give you the more polite thoughts of others.
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
― George Clooney
“I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
― Paul Newman
“I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.”
― Jess C. Scott, New Order
“Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.”
― Derek Jarman
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”
― Harvey Milk
“Jerry Falwell said that the reason that September 11th happened, the reason that God allowed it to happen, was because of certain people in our country. People like, and I’m quoting, ‘the pagans,’ which is a motorcycle group. Feminists; he brought up feminists. […] And I couldn’t believe it, he said that God had actually talked to him and said, these were the people. That was the reason. It was those people, and that was the reason God allowed this to happen. And I thought, ‘That’s odd.’ Because God had called me twelve hours before, and He said the reason He was upset was because of people like Jerry Falwell.”
― Lewis Black
“Let’s make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake–you know, to send the right message to kids.”
― Bill Maher, New Rules
“Being an American is about having the right to be who you are. Sometimes that doesn’t happen.”
― Herb Ritts
“Another Thing I’m Sick of Hearing: If I started that gay rights group, I must be gay. So if i start an animal rights group, what does that make me? A giraffe?”
― James Howe, Addie on the Inside
“Just because I like to suck cock doesn’t make me any less American than Jesse Helms.”
― Allen Ginsberg
“The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming–to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you’re not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.”
― Alex Sanchez
When the law passed I received an email saying “you should list all the gays you know and congratulate them.”
I understood, and generically supported, the concept. I should cheer my LGBT friends. And I do. By not listing them since they are no different than you or me.
A dead Republican, Abraham Lincoln, would approve.
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