I’m delighted President Obama has declared that he supports marriage equality, really I am. It’s about fucking time, of course, and perhaps it’s a calculated political statement and I don’t care because he’s a politician and that’s what they do.
But it exhausts me that we’ve put this much energy into just getting him to a point where the President of this nation can say, “Yeah, people should be allowed equal rights.” Setting aside for a moment that I don’t know of a single gay person who has been asked to comment on whether she or he thinks the President should be allowed to be married, we have a lot of real problems in this world. Serious, real problems that are going to seriously fuck up our future as a species. That we have to devote this kind of energy to arguing a question like this pisses me off.
I have no doubt that we do need to fight for equal rights if people wish to deny them to others. But, I can’t understand why people would devote their time and energy to that kind of shit. Really? You can’t find a more productive use of your time than trying to stop people you don’t even know from marrying one another? Is it really more frightening to see two women marrying one another than it is to see thousands of women dying due to inadequate medical care? Is it really more disturbing to know two men might get married than it is to know that untold numbers of men will get cancer from the air they are forced to breathe?
So, can we stop arguing about this already? Can we just bow to the inevitable of marriage equality and put our considerable brainpower and resources into, I don’t know, feeding people or cleaning up our water or fighting global climate change?