As noted before on this blog, it is amazing that Brazil and Argentina and Uruguay all have full gay marriage nationwide while America, which claims to be the land of liberty and home of religious freedom does not. Why, because far right religious beliefs are still afforded undeserved - one might even say unconstitutional - deference under America's civil laws.
A reader in the Netherlands - Amsterdam to be exact - sent me a link to a video clip of a gay marriage ceremony in Brazil. Watching the video, I can only ask, what is so frightening about recognizing the relationship between a loving couple who seek to share their lives together? Is the faith of far right Christians - and Muslims for that matter so weak and shallow that it cannot be confronted with anything that goes against the ignorance and mindlessness of such individuals? Or do couples like the ones in the video terrify them because they - and all of us other out and normal gays - are all too normal. We don't fit the bogeyman image the far right Christofascists seek to bestow on us? Ignorance which is often self-selected and fear are at the root of homophobia and bigotry of all kinds. Here's the video. What do you think?
Love, commitment and the pledging one's self to another through good times and bad ought to be applauded and supported by our society and by our civil laws. It isn't gay marriage that's scary. Rather it is those who oppose it due to their own psychosis, paranoia and/or fear of thinking who are the scary ones. While the following isn't an actual wedding, it's a video that like the other one sends the message that love is love and commitment is commitment be it between gay couples or straight couples. Hopefully, one day every state in America will grasp this reality.