Monday, June 16, 2008

Love and Marriage

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" Love is in the air ... along with heavy metals and ozone and pollen. But forget the particulate matter, love is in the air!

In a few hours, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin will marry in San Francisco. Phyllis and Del have been partners for 55 years. Tonight they'll be newlyweds.

Fifty-five years, readers. I haven't been married half that long, and it seems like I've been married forever.

The difference between me and Mr. Johnson and Del and Phyllis is that I'm a woman, and Mr. Johnson is a man. Del and Phyllis are both women.

To me this gender thing is inconsequential. Totally. If you meet someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, you should be able to marry him, her, or it.

It, you say? Well, Decibel the Parrot could live to be 100 years old. Shouldn't I be able to make provisions for poor dear polly?

Maybe that's a stretch, but we at "The Gods Are Bored" endorse marriage as the union of two souls and as an economic reality. Unlike the sanctimonious ex-senator Rick Santorum, we do not view gay marriage as the end of civilized society as we have know it. We at "The Gods Are Bored" view gay marriage as a sacred covenant between two people who love each other.

And if you've loved the same person for 55 years, you shouldn't have to wait until you're in your 80s to tie the knot. Just think how stale that wedding cake will be! For the love of fruit flies, let's let people love each other however the spirit moves them!

Best wishes to Phyllis and Del for many decades of happy marriage!



Emily G. W. Lilly said...

A toast to Phyllis and Del!

Here in Massachusetts, civil unions between persons of the same gender has been allowed for about 3 years. But even before then, the tide was turning in favor of this. I am friends with a lesbian couple that fostered (and eventually adopted) a little boy who had been abused by his birth parents. He's been with them for 7 years now.

Which means that the MA-DSS has recognized the validity of same-sex partnerships for longer than the rest of the state bureaucracy!

There must be other states out there where the opinion has softened in some areas (like DSS and adoption), and may very well turn the corner to being accepting of all kinds of love.

yellowdog granny said...

i totally friend kevin and his partner have been together 18 years..adopted 4 brothers and sisters that were so horribly abused it's hard to fathom anyone doing that to a child, and their own child at that..they have given them love, family and a wonderful home..something that no 'straight' couple even offered to them..
these santimonious
'christians' make my ass hurt...

THE Michael said...

Now now, don't you realize that this is going to end civilization as we know it? Why, how DARE these people want to be MARRIED! We straight people have been trying to sneak in something other than that old straight-jacket for DECADES and STILL we are keeping divorce lawyers kids in college!

HELL ON EARTH should be reserved for a man and a woman!

Or a parrot and a sparrow.......

Or a robot and a toaster........

Davo said...

One way to solve overpopulation on Planet Ark .. errrrm .. heh:-)

Big Tex said...

In my humble opinion, the economic policies advocated by Rick "man on dog" Santorum are a far greater threat to the institution of marriage than allowing gay people to marry could ever be.

(Side note: in my house, Santorum is still known as "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.")

Anne Johnson said...

I just call him "the ex."

Davo, nice to hear from you!

Davo said...

It's winter in the Antipodes, Anne. All the bares are hibernating .. or something.