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Thursday, August 09, 2012

I don't expect any of you to be interested in my political views, because there are people who are far more well-informed than I am on most topics of national importance. I don't think what I feel compelled to say here is actually a political issue, but you can bounce off the page now if you're not in the mood for some soap boxing. You can also keep on reading and contribute to the conversation in comments, or unlike me on Facebook, or donate to a good cause. It's your call, I just need a little bit of a podium for a few minutes.

Last week you may have heard that little flap about Chick-fil-A and you probably had relatives proudly posting photos of themselves enjoying fatty, overprocessed chicken sandwiches in solidarity with the restaurant's president. I'm not going to get into that whole specific controversy, but it all reminded me, harshly and brutally, that in this country it's still perfectly legal to discriminate against people because of their sexuality. To quote one of the best articles I read on the issue: "In 29 states in America today, my partner of 18 years, Cody, or I could be fired for being gay. Period. No questions asked." (Here's another good article.)

Does that not seem completely fucked to anyone else? I mean fundamentally, horribly and totally fucked.

I know I just lost a whole bunch of you, and that some of you will strongly disagree and want to comment, and I just ask that you do it as the reasonable and intelligent people I've known you to be since this blog's inception (though you're free to curse indirectly, as I have just used some choice words myself.)

It breaks my heart to hear stories of people who couldn't visit their partners in hospitals, or adopt babies, I'll never understand or empathize with parents who disown their gay children. It is utterly unfathomable to me that someone can be denied such basic rights, that in this great society there are laws limiting -- even prohibiting -- freedoms that those of us who happened to be born straight take for granted every day.

The whole thing truly puzzles me, it boggles my mind. I'm astounded by the ignorance of people whose convictions dictate that homosexuals are somehow in a lower caste, that it's acceptable to legally deny them anything that any other citizen is given freely. It makes me deeply sad and incredibly frustrated.

I can't change the whole world, I can only demonstrate what I hope to see. I'll continue to celebrate the local victories of my gay friends, support their equality, love my little girl boundlessly, regardless of who she loves, and hope I live to see the day when we finally, collectively recognize this injustice.

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