So I’m watching Bishop Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal bishop, get interviewed on the Daily Show, discussing same-sex marriage and plugging his book, “God Believes In Love.” I’m sure he means well… but I’m finding myself getting more and more irritated.
Reason for irritation #1: I keep thinking of something Chris Hall said at the Godless Perverts Story Hour: “Same-sex marriage isn’t wrong because your god hates it. But it isn’t right because your god thinks it’s awesome. Same-sex marriage is right or wrong because of how it affects the people involved.”
Unless you can provide some convincing evidence that your god, you know, exists, I don’t give a damn whether your god believes in love, or whether your holy book says that “where love is, there is God also.” And I don’t see any reason why I should. Unless you can provide some convincing evidence that your god not only exists, but thinks what you think he thinks, the question of what God does or does not think should not be part of the political discourse. Of course you should have the legal right to insert it into the political discourse… but it’s seriously unhelpful. Political decisions should be made based on what helps and hurts people, not on what helps and hurts invisible mythical beings.
Reason for irritation #2: I’m really sick of the “Gay couples are just like straight ones, we play board games with our kids and go to church” trope. Not all LGBT people are just like mainstream straight people. (For that matter, not all straight people are, either.) Some of us fuck like rabbits, have multiple partners both casual and serious, spend our Saturday nights at bars or sex parties or atheist porn readings. We still deserve rights.
I’m just sayin’, is all.
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