5 Reasons To Not Be Overjoyed that MN Legalized Gay Marriage
Today, on May 14th, Minnesota is about to become the 12th US state to legalize gay marriage. That’s a pretty big deal and, I think, a win and point of pride for my state. But I’m seeing countless pictures of those smiling, hugging, on the verge of tears and find myself less celebratory.
First, let me preface this reemphasizing that I am happy MN made this step forward. It’s just that, if I was smart*, I’d start a firm specializing in measured responses, devil’s advocating, and general “wet blanket”-ing services. I do this sort of thing with the consistency of high-precision manufacturing facilities and celestial body movement. I do it, and I do it well.
So, here, for your consideration, are reasons that might give you pause. Why should you not be overjoyed by today’s bill being signed into law?
- It’s common sense
- There’s a law in Colorado that says it’s illegal to fire a catapult at a building (or person for that matter)*. To this we say, “Duh”. If there was a movement, a campaign, and a rally to get those words on the books, we have some serious, serious problems in this country. Allowing two people that love each other and want to commit to each other to be recognized by the state – a non-religious, public entity designed to enable our innate freedoms and promote our welfare – causes me to give the exact same response.
- It needed to be “legalized”
- Because this is, more or less, similar to the situation where a stoner that wants easier access to pot. (/sarcasm) Drawing from my sentiment in #1, the connotation that this needed to be “legalized” is kind of depressing.
- Potential, pending conservative backlash
- We all loved the Tea Party right? Or maybe I meant to say “love”… they’re still around I suppose. Regardless, they’re an example of the backlash effect. I’m honestly a bit worried. There’s a handful of other middling policy reforms going on (I’m most closely following energy policy, and the results of this legislative session are probably going to be “meh” at best). We need progressive, forward thinking legislators and leaders in place if we’re going to continue making incremental improvements in areas like energy, education, housing, farming, transportation, etc. We have representatives who voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage from districts that voted 60% in favor of the amendment to ban it in 2012. Those in favor of today’s law are more metro vs rural, more young vs old. Both of these suggest it’ll be less of a political hot button issue going forward. But this will rally those against the law, and they’ll lash out indiscriminately where they can. And a resulting backlash against progressive stances in the coming elections could mean our step forward today will be followed by backpedaling in the future.
- [Edit] Additionally, and equally concerning, is that if this issue was the key driver getting progressive minded folks out to vote, MN could swing more conservative in future elections if the recent, liberal voting base simply becomes complacent.
- This law doesn’t mean anything
- At least to me. I’ve been to a wedding between two men already, in Minnesota. It wasn’t any less real, any less significant because a piece of paper was lacking. It was kind of annoying and at least a bit demeaning to them and their loved ones. But to me, to our friends, to their family, to pretty much whomever really matters; they are already married.
- Something about God
- We covet things left and right (money, possessions, or whatever the Jones’ have), pillage the planet, sleep around, and use His name in vain all. the. time. Now we’ve gone and enabled something which the bible is against… kind of… at least in a few spots when it’s not promoting love, compassion, and effectively being it’s own counterpoint. I’m honestly grasping a bit for this one.
So, in case you slept too well last night, the nice day is a bit too sunny, or you’re too looking forward to celebrating tonight and this weekend… I just want to say, you’re welcome.
Of course, there are counterpoints to these…
*In defense of my being smart, this post is definitely easier to write than what would undoubtedly be a much longer list of reasons to be overjoyed.
**Aspen municipal code Sec. 15.04.210