I am neither lamenting nor celebrating the decision (or, non decision) which became breaking news yesterday.
For as the old Polish proverb goes – nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy – not my circus, not my monkeys. I know in the coming weeks the entire discussion will be about this sudden windfall of equality. Some will celebrate it, others will lament it, and what is the final result of all this noise?
Those celebrating their newfound freedom to marry will still ignore (or even encourage!) enroachments upon their other freedoms, in the other departments of life, by government. They will continue to fight for marriage equality across the board either because they are passionate about it or, as in some cases, they want the attention.
Then those lamenting it will drone on about ‘traditional values’ and ‘family values’ and call for government interference in this matter, ignoring the fact that in most other departments those very same people call for the non-interference of government. The doctrine of, the enforcement by law of what we do and don’t like.
Long story short? Both sides are ridiculous.
Oklahoma and the U.S. as a whole will be debating this, and I see no end in sight for it. Meanwhile, the radical musilims who tolerate neither freedom nor homosexuality (the latter punishable by stoning in that culture) is taking over more and more of the middle east. They have a foothold in the United States and more so in Europe. Vladimir Putin, who seems to dislike freedom and for sure has little toleration of homosexuality, is working to take over parts of Ukraine. If he is successful, what is to stop him from going further?
So while we’re busy with gay pride parades and plastering Facebook with equality signs, remember to put things in perspective. I know that government should not be involved in marriage to begin with, but instead of fighting for one small freedom for some, let’s all join the fight against government, and foreign threats which seeks to enroach upon all of our freedoms.
Let us not be content with one freedom granted, meanwhile all others are taken away. How absurd that would be! Let it never be said that, ‘well, we can’t really do much here in the U.S., but at least we can marry whoever we want!’