Archive for April 2013
The slogan “Join the right side of history!” assumes at least one of the following:
1) That opponents of same-sex marriage actually know deep down that same-sex marriage should be legal, and just need a bit of prompting.
2) Opponents care more about the judgment of future people than for their current peers, consciences, or God.
3) All historical trends should be supported because the future is always better in every way.
Today one of my senators, Bill Nelson, announced his support for same-sex marriage. But why now? Isn’t it suspicious that he’s only changed his opinions once his old stance became unpopular? Is his change of heart authentic?
I don’t give a shit. What goes on in Bill Nelson’s brain is of no consequence to me until it effects his public behavior. Now, if he had announced his support years earlier, it might have nudged public opinion on the acceptability of same-sex marriage, and that would have been preferable. But a Bill Nelson who just changed his mind is identical to a Bill Nelson who has been secretly supportive for years but too afraid to speak, if what you care about is not a politician’s soul but an increase in freedom and joy.