Today, I texted my daughter to see if she knew what happened yesterday at the Supreme Court. Turns out, it’s just not that complicated. It went like this:
Me: Yesterday the US Supreme Court listened to lawyers argue about the right for gays to get married. Remember Prop 8, honey? The one we went and protested? It made it’s way up to our highest court. Both sides argued – our side for equal rights and for not just Mommy but all gays and lesbians in the US to be able to marry and the other side for hatred and keeping Mommy and only the gays and lesbians from getting married. It’s a big deal in history! We have to wait until June to hear what the 9 justices think.”
Her: O to bad we have to waight
Not a bad answer. It’s butch to teach your kids about equality, and it’s even more butch when they get it (typos aside). Be Butch.
I am delighted to go to sleep tonight knowing that my President, your President, was re-elected. I am relieved to know that the majority of my country values equality, civil rights, and concern for those with less and those who can’t, over government dictated religious/moral beliefs, unfairness, and conserving wealth and privilege for those who can. Thank you, America.
That said, I am not a sore winner.
I respect and value my Republican and other conservative friends and family who are as devastated as I am happy. I am not happy at your expense. I wish it were not so. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. It’s time for the President to get through the gridlock. It’s time for him to make sure the whole county feels represented and valued.
But at my core, I know I will sleep well knowing that my rights will march ever-closer to equal. That truly should not take anything away from my beloved friends and family who, for other reasons, are frustrated, tonight. So please know, that is why I celebrate tonight.
It’s butch to support your country, and, yet to always honor those that don’t agree with you. Be butch.