When I woke up on election day, November 6th, I couldn’t have imagined how much different things would be at the end of that day. Within 24 hours, same-sex marriage was legal in Washington, Maine, and my home state of Maryland. In addition, recreational use of marijuana became legal in both Washington and Colorado.
These things passed, despite feverish opposal from right-wing groups and various corporations and special interests, who would rather ensure profitability than common sense.
When I woke up on election day, November 6th, I couldn’t have imagined how very little things would have changed by the end of the day. Within 24 hours, not only was I still a white atheist, but my father was still a white Christian, and my mother still a white Christian. We were not turned to Islam, nor were we forced to undergo homosexual indoctrination to see the ways of universal healthcare. On the contrary, I actually attempted to woo Neil Patrick Harris in the hopes that we could be wed in Maryland, but he has not responded.
There are few things that spell this election out as perfectly as the following quotes by Glenn Beck and Donald Trump.
“Man, sometimes God really sucks.”
“This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”
So here’s the thing, Mr. Beck – You’re right. Sometimes, God does suck. This is especially true when your political party forgets the principles it was founded upon and, instead, decides to take the views of curated passages from a book of myths written a few thousand years ago. God cost the Republicans the presidential race because the God the Republicans decided they wanted to show off to everyone was not a very loving one. The God that I learned about in Sunday school would have been all about universal healthcare, providing for the poor, and for raising taxes.
And Mr. Trump, you’re absolutely correct; we are not a democracy. We’re a democratic republic – the last time I checked, anyway. Your ego is getting in the way of your thinking, sir, and I do hope that you reel it in soon, lest your real estate empire go the way of your political career. You continue to make remarks about how divided this country is, and how we’ll one day get back to unity, but you fail to see that it’s already happening.
We continue to make positive progress in the face of hatred, ignorance, and bigotry every day. When compared to the effects of alcohol on the human body, the effects of marijuana pale in comparison. I can tell you straight up that the afterglow of a night with Mary Jane is a much more pleasant and calming experience than that of a hangover from too much Cuervo. Alcohol also doens’t seem to help cancer patients with their appetite, but I suppose that’s a moot point.
On a separate topic, when compared to the effects of straight marriage, by the way, gay marriage has produced far fewer instances of heartache in my life. I’ve gone to court on far fewer occasions due to gay marriage than I have with my own, straight marriage, and I’ve never had to give up on a house that I worked extremely hard for because my gay friends decided to get married. On the contrary, I have had to relinquish my property due to a wife who was both straight, and an unfortunate mistake.
Which of these have caused more harm to the sanctity of marriage, now? Two men whom I suppose are a mildly cute couple, or two people who were married out of what I can only assume was convenience? I’m not so precious as to think that my marriage was some sort of great outlier. These things happen all the time – you can’t plan for them, or account for them. It is what it is.
The thing we need to remember as people is that we will make progress regardless of the fact that there are people who are fighting tooth and nail to hold us back.
Eventually, nonsensical standards and ridiculous rulings will be a thing of the past, but until then we will chip away until the eventuality of equality and justice is met.