Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Just a quiet day in the Heartland
Some people were expecting quite a fuss on Monday, the first day Iowa began allowing same-sex couples to marry.
“People in Iowa tend to get real hot about things,” said Maggie Grace, a neighbor of the West Des Moines couple who had come to fulfill the witness requirement for their license. “And then they go on about their way.”
But, the sky didn't fall. Heterosexual people who are already married didn't file for divorce. Families didn't fall apart. No thunderbolts of lightening decreeing God's judgment fell on Iowan soil or her people - gay or straight.
It's true. You can read all about it here.
Pretty soon, the whole argument about how LGBT people are the cause of the decline of Western Civilization and how giving LGBT people our civil rights is a similar harbinger to the Fall of Rome will, itself, start to collapse on the weight of its own ignorance and stupidity.
And then, whatever will we have to talk and fret and wring out hands about?
Hmmm . . . I don't know. . . . Maybe the problems of world poverty? Or how to end world hunger?
Or, lower the death rate from malaria by figuring out how to get everyone mosquito netting who needs it and get the pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of anti-malarial medicine?
Oh, wait! I know, maybe we could develop a plan to raise the literacy rate and educational status of children all over the world?
Nah, scapegoating is ever so much more fun. Well, for some, apparently.
Meanwhile, it's another quiet day in Iowa. I hear it's pretty quiet in Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, too.
Except, of course, there's the threat of an epidemic of 'Swine Flu".
Oh, thank God. We DO have something awful to talk about and we all KNOW whose fault it is and how it's a manifestation of God's punishment for breaking the purity codes.
I'm almost looking forward to hearing reports of the scriptural gymnastics some people will go through on the talk radio programs to make this case.
Meanwhile, here in in the Northeast Corridor, it's another beautiful day in the neighborhood as we continue to work quietly for Marriage Equality.
I guess some folks will just have to "save the drama for yo Mama."