I’ve been saying gayness is a slippery slope for years! Once you give it a try, it’s nearly impossible to get yourself back on the Straight-town Express (I speak only from personal experience). I am referring of course, to expanding thinking about what love looks like and the kinds of ‘rules’ people think govern their romances and relationships. But Bill O’Reilly left me wondering…will the legalization of gay marriage mark the end of civilization as we know it…?!
Is gay marriage a slippery slope…? I’m not sure about that one. I believe that there is a big difference between two consenting adults willfully entering into a legal contract and a man walking into city hall with his goat on a rope looking to get hitched. But is there? Does this beautiful goat deserve her own white wedding?
Then what?! We’ll have to figure out how to regulate the relationships of all the little goat boys and girls running around?!
My question is, if gay marriage is in fact a slippery slope, and it opens the floodgates to all kinds of legally recognized love, what does the country stand to lose? Is there a terrifying mortal doom awaiting us all at the bottom of that slippery slope?
Or consider for a minute that the slippery slope is the best ride we’ve ever had as a country…?
I’m not sure if gay marriage is a slippery slope. I’m not sure if polygamy is a good or bad thing. I’m not sure if that goat isn’t wishing and hoping for her day to walk down the aisle. But what I’m REALLY not sure about is, what is so bad about a slippery slope? What if it leads us to the promised land? What if we’re so afraid to cross over to the other side of the mountain and take a trip down the slippery slope, that we can’t even see the amazing progress and good that is hanging out on the other side?
And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He knew the slippery slope was exactly where the country needed to go.
Mayme Donohue is a Richmond native and Master’s Candidate in Political Management at George Washington University. She’s a rockstar and you can catch more of her thoughts and musings on gay politics and lesbian gossip at Maymes.