Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thank you, Keith

I have to tell you all I'm straight. Married for nine years to a really great guy, and happily, most of the time.

I never tried the Lesbian thing, not even that thing you're supposed to do in college a time or two. Never did the two girls on one guy thing, either. I'm just not wired that way.

But I have friends who are wired differently than I, and I've pondered more than once how it feels to be a gay man or woman, with the hate and prejudice and fear that they encounter. I am horrified that people in our country seek to take away the happiness and freedom that us straight folk enjoy.

Some folks believe homosexuality is a sin. I personally believe we have all sinned and fallen short, and I believe that it's not up to me to deem my sins any better or any worse than the next guy's sin. Who is to say that my sins of gluttony or pride or anger are any less eternally damning than a man's sin of sodomy? My sins are between me and my God, just as his sins are between him and his God.

I'm not sure why in the world the folks who are wired like me feel like they can or should change the behavior of the folks who are wired differently. I have personally never felt like the sanctity of my marriage is threatened by what anyone else chooses to do in his or her own bedroom or with his or her own partner of choice.

So what? Two guys want to hook up? That's as ok with me as two unmarried straight folk doing the horizontal bop. Truly, what they are doing has no effect on my marriage, or my happiness within the confines of my marriage. I've known plenty of straight people in really lousy marriages, and frankly, their relationships don't have any bearing on mine. So tell me, then, why the hell do people seem so intent on fighting this?

Keith Olbermann says it better than I ever could, so I guess I'll just quit typing now and let him take over.


Chad and Mary Kate Martin said...

WOW and YAY! Well put and wish I had the nerve to send it to everyone!! Thank you Stephanie for saying what I do not have the courage to!

sarah said...

OH, Steph. That is awesome. He does say it well. Thanks for sharing it with me. Hugs to you and Gabby. She's lucky to have a mom like you.