People lined up in a queue from far and wide to eat chicken, God bless the USA.
When my co-worker told me about her trip to the mall and how she could barely get into the Food Court entrance because of the Chick Fil A line, I cringed. I didn’t want to think about Toledo, OH succumbing to the madness of gay bigotry. I knew it was going on all over the country, what made Toledo so special?
My co-worker had asked a woman what the hub-bub was and got this answer. “Well, I’m a Christian woman who wants to give my money to a company that shares in my values.” As if she were talking to a news reporter!
The whole thing brings about this image I found on Facebook, via a friend:
I’m a married hetero woman. I don’t know what it’s like to be a lesbian who wants to marry the love of my life (homosexuals have “loves of lives,” it’s not unique to heteros) and not do it. It don’t know what it’s like pass a restaurant and know that all of the people waiting for chicken sandwiches hate me and my partner. What I do know is that being married to my white husband was also an anomaly at one time.
Outlawing interracial marriage was also apart of our sordid American history. It seems ridiculous to say that today, but it’s true! And because of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act 1924, Richard and Mildred Loving had to steal away to D.C. to marry in 1958. When they returned from exchanging vows, they were arrested for their miscegenation.
For their marriage to be legally recognized they had to take their fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. It wasn’t until 1967 that the Loving’s and other interracial couples were able to get married without breaking the law. This wasn’t too far in the past and it’s not too different from today. My point is that as a country, we’ve had to correct some pretty stupid mistakes. This is one of them and finally letting gays/lesbians marry will hopefully be the next mistake to correct.
It’s not all depressing news from Toledo, though. On our trip to the same mall, the Chick Fil A line was a lot shorter and that was nice to see. Even nicer, was seeing the Irish pub and restaurant, Claddagh, getting decorated with rainbow flags. They were advertising the upcoming Toledo Pride. I’m glad that another restaurant, in the same mall, rose to the occasion in standing up for a great cause.
It makes me hopeful that people will eventually have the chance to live their lives without government intrusion. True love is hard enough to find as it is. No one needs an added roadblock separating them from their happiness.