LET MY PEOPLE MARRY

President Barack Obama today declared that his position has evolved and that he now is in favor of gays being able to marry.

Vice President Joe Biden made a similar declaration on Meet The Press on Sunday.

Voters in North Carolina yesterday approved a state constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.

North Carolina was once the scene for  protests where four young black men sat at a lunch counter in a Woolworth’s store where it was illegal to for blacks to have a simple meal with whites.

North Carolina was on the wrong side of history in 1960.

North Carolina is on the wrong side of history in 2012.

Those young black men were my people.

I am not black.

Six million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis in World War II.

The Nazis were on the wrong side of history.

Those Jews were my people.

I am not a Jew.

Until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, in the nation as a whole and in most states, it was illegal for women to vote.

Our electoral process was on the wrong side of history prior to 1920.

Those women were my people.

I am not a woman.

The argument goes that marriage between same sex couples is not natural and undermines “acceptable” marriage.

I was married. I got divorced.

Did I undermine acceptable marriage?

I have friends or know of people—heterosexuals—who have been married and divorced more than once.

Mitt Romney, the putative Republican nominee for President, is a Mormon. The Mormons once permitted their male members to have multiple wives. He is against gay marriage

Newt Gingrich, who recently ended his campaign for President, has been married three times and divorced twice. He is against gay marriage.

Real estate mogul/blowhard Donald Trump, who last year tried to threaten America with the possibility he would run for President (his bluff was called), has been married three times and divorced twice. He is against gay marriage.

Former (9/11) Mayor of New York (9/11) Rudy Giuliani (9/11) has been married three (9/11) times and divorced twice.(9/11) He is against gay marriage. (9/11)

Noted radio bloviator and misogynist Rush Limbaugh has been married four times and divorced thrice. He is against gay marriage.

The Republic has survived these politicians’ cavalier attitudes towards marriage.

Many celebrities are famous also for multiple marriages.

The Killer, rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, once famously married his thirteen year old cousin. He was married twice before that and four times since. His latest wife, whom he married earlier this year, is the ex-wife of his cousin who is the brother of the other cousin Jerry once wed.

Movie stars such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mickey Rooney, and Elizabeth Taylor were married and divorced more than six times each.

The Republic has survived.

I have a close friend who has been with his partner for over thirty years. A few years ago they had to go to Canada to legally marry, to make official their loving, committed relationship.

There are several states where gays may legally marry and have been doing so.

The Republic has survived.

On Facebook or chain emails the exhortation is often made to honor our troops and veterans.

About eighteen months ago Congress voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forbade our troops from being openly gay, despite fighting and dying just as their heterosexual counterparts did.

The military, and thus the United States, was on the wrong side of history.

Those gays were my people.

I am not gay.

If these gay troops return home, most would not be able to legally marry depending on where they reside.

We seem perfectly willing to let gays DIE for us.

Why are we not as willing to let gays LIVE for themselves?

Let us be on the right side of history.

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