I looooove this video clip that's going around.
In it, Romney is his reliably doofy self. He sits down at a diner table to greet a Vietnam Vet, clearly uncomfortable in an establishment without cloth napkins. His uninspired small talk (wow we were born in the same year what are the chances!?) attempts to 'connect' with the Vet because they are the same age (despite the fact Romney looks 15 years younger, suggesting to me that he either drinks virgin blood or freebases La Mer Cream, but I digress) when if fact they couldn't be more different. The Vet turns out to be gay, not a decided Romney supporter, and mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.
My tone is playful but I almost teared up at this Veteran's passionate disbelief toward the end - to have someone explain to your face that even though you risked your life in NAM your spouse is not going to be entitled to the same rights as other veterans' spouses ... because he is the same gender as you?!? If I'd risked my life to protect this country I'd feel entitled to backhand you in the face if I did and you spouted some wahala like that to me. So good job with the restraint , Crotchety Joe.
I respect everyone's religious convictions (well I mean, to your face...) but there HAS to be a point where we can have an intelligent conversation about the separation between church and state. I mean, I was raised Catholic but I don't expect Communion and other Holy Sacraments like marriage to be legislated by the government. There's a reason you must have court papers for your marriage to be legal, but it's up to you to have a symbolic ceremony in a church, garden, beach destination wedding, what have you....because they're different.
Ok, so let's say we do merge the religious aspect of marriage and the legal into our law. Which religion should we base it on? Oh Christianity? Ok which Testament surf and turf lovers? You wanna eat bacon-wrapped scallops only on weekends? Oh ok.
I don't understand how a Harvard educated lawyer can tell you with a straight face he wants to legislate which consenting adults you can marry, and then say it's socialist to try and....give you healthcare? [Yes please! I want to die of a disease that could have been detected early, AND die alone, depending on which Civil Rights you deem me worthy of!]
And Puh-leeze, to all the homemade constitutional scholars, stop with this founding fathers bullshit. Yea I'm sure they'd have been against gay marriage and it was not even in their realm of conceptions. But they would have also been against me learning to read. And I love reading. So I'm all for a smidge of change over the course of 200+ years.