What a day yesterday was…

27 05 2009

I take–2 steps forward
I take–2 steps back
We come together
Cuz opposites attract
And you know–it ain’t fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
Cuz opposites attract

I remember this song by Paula Abdul like it was yesterday. And what’s mc skat catamazing is that as soon as the events of yesterday started pouring in, it was the first thing I thought of… on a day when women all over were celebrating (and hopefully more than just women, actually) because of President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the day also became a day when the California courts upheld the Proposition 8 law brought up last fall that made gay marriage illegal in Cali.

2 steps forward… 2 steps back.

Now, I guess what I’m about to say will be seen as controversial, but really, we had the perfect chance today to show what supposedly makes America so great. It’s a country where a woman of Latino descent (who just happens to be a Yale and Princeton graduate, and oh yeah, is EXTREMELY qualified for the position) finally has the opportunity to serve on our Supreme Court. If confirmed, she will be only the third woman to serve on the Court. Great day indeed.

But today also showed how much our country still has to grow. Because while we may be a country that could have 2 women Supreme Court justices by the end of the year, we’re also a country that can’t seem to process the idea of 2 people of the same sex getting married. I won’t get into ideological beliefs on here, but it seems to me that when so many people are struggling to find someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with, when two people actually find that… maybe we shouldn’t take that from them?

I know, I know… marriage is a religious ceremony, right? And people are concerned that by letting 2 women or 2 men get married, we are desecrating the nature of marriage… but it’s funny how this same outrage is not given to shows like “Who wants to marry a millionare” and “Bachelor/Bachelorette,” shows predicated on the fact that you can marry someone without truly being in love with them as long as you can get a certain amount of fame and fortune for it.

I dont know, it just seems odd to me. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything we do here in America. We are definitely a complex nation… and one that for now believes, only opposites should attract.

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