Short Story #3 – It’s Only a Matter of Time
“When do you think you two will get married?” she asked with a little smirk on her face. She knew full well that I couldn’t get married in Utah, and for some reason she felt like pouring salt into my wounds that day. “Well, I’d love to get married this fall, but I have to wait and see how things shake out back in Utah.” She sneered and told me that I shouldn’t be so picky and to take what I can get, “I don’t know why you’re making it such a big deal, just hop over the border to Washington and get hitched where it’s legal.” I looked at her and said, “I don’t think you realize how lucky you are that you were able to get married where you wanted.”
While that’s kind of a bummer story, I’d like to play an optimist for a minute. Do you remember when the prop 8 saga took place? I’ll never forget how sad everyone got. I saw the same thing happen with the stay that recently took place in Utah – suddenly gay marriage was illegal again. Instead of getting upset by these little roadblocks, I try to look them a little differently. Each time we lose our momentum towards gay rights, it’s creating a conversation. People everywhere, even the most conservative republicans, are faced with questioning what they think they know about homosexuality. It’s no longer a taboo subject, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to simply ‘turn a blind eye’. People everywhere are starting to realize that there are a lot more of us than they had imagined. The fact that these conversations are happening is a huge win for us. We are showing the world that it’s ok to be gay. We are amazing (and super fabulous) people who really aren’t that different from everyone else (besides the fact that we don’t have as many rights… yet.) We may not be there yet, but we are on our way. I may not be able to get married where I want to by fall, but it’s seriously only a matter of time before I’ll be able to have my big fat gay wedding.
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