OpEd: New poll highlights how ready America is for same-sex marriage, how incredibly stupid some men are
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments against state bans on same-sex marriage next week and a new USA Today poll shows the country believes the right to be married should be extended to LGBTQ Americans by a huge margin.
According to the poll, 51%-35% of Americans say “it’s no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them.”
These numbers are great to hear, as is the reasoning behind them. According to the same poll, so many folks agree with same-sex marriage because about half “say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex.”
This has long been an agreement from LGBTQ activists (and one that dawn a billboard in RVA some time ago) – Someone you know or love is LGBTQ.
But as good as these numbers are, the craziest part of the the poll, or the story about the poll, is the follow up interview with one respondent – Kraig Ziegler, 58, of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Ziegler told the pollsters he was “a bit uncomfortable” attending a recent same-sex wedding for two men who were friends with his wife.
“I still believe what the Bible says, ‘one man, one woman,’ ” the mechanic told USA today. But… “I got to know the guys, and they’re all right.”
Hey, good on you Ziegler! Except he then follows up with this gem of a quote:
“They don’t make passes or anything at me.”
Congrats, man, you’ve managed to come over the hump into the realm of modern equality ANNND you didn’t get hit on by either groom at a gay wedding.
Imagine, if you can, the lovely Kraig Ziegler, arriving at the gay wedding, without a doubt one of the most fabulous weddings he could attend. He walks into the room, his charming Mrs. Ziegler on his arm, and just as the first of the two grooms walk down the isle, the wedding comes to a screeching halt.
“Wedding Over!” screams the gay man whose probably been waiting to marry his soon-to-be-husband for more than a decade. “Kraig Ziegler is here, and he is so uncontrollably attractive I’m questioning everything I’ve ever known.”
Alright, I realize this is cynical and rude on my part - Ziegler is obviously coming around to a concept which at one point terrified him – but to immediately put him in the ‘ally’ category, or take this as a win because he suddenly felt like every single women to ever attended a friend’s wedding might be pushing it.
There’s a great conversation around how same-sex marriage could help bring some of this irrational “I’m straight so all gay men must be attracted to me” argument into the light. Let me assure you, we’re pretty good at detecting our own, and if you live your life in fear of being hit on by someone of the same gender, you should probably revaluate a few things within yourself before going to social situations where that could happen.
Until then, we’ve come a long way, and (sadly) it’s folks like Ziegler who will get us further…
We’ve just got to make sure we don’t break up our weddings for all the 58-year-old straight men in the room.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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