Now, some of you are probably like me. If you see this on a bumper sticker you think "It is this person's opinion that we should not have same-sex marriage, and I disagree and that's fine. Whatever." or you think "Stupid close-minded ignoramus." Depending on the day, of course, and possibly with more profanity.
But when I see around 20 men in suits holding a 15 foot fucking banner with an american flag next to it and a scarlet standard with a bronze lion rampant with the words "Freedom, Family, Property" on it, all of these men standing with the "prayer hands" ...I get more than just a little ticked off. I may be straight on a technicality (Or am I gay on technicality?...), but I still think that that's bogus. It still effects me and the people I love. I still think that everyone has a right to marraige just like "everyone else" I hear one of the main arguments against it is that if we allow gay marriage, what's to stop folks from marrying goats? Okay, people. Really? Goats? GOATS?! You think someone is that...you HONESTLY think someone is gonna go off and marry a /goat/?
"What's it say?" My friend Renee asked. I couldn't see it yet. "Something about marriage..." Haddie said. "Whatever it is, you can bet it's not for us." I thought she was right, but I walked over to see it more clearly. You can bet I was mad. I have not ONCE seen the schools GSA with a bunch of people standing there saying "Support Gay Marriage". That's nothing against them. They do plenty else, but they aren't THROWING it at people. And my Gods, they started reciting the Hail Mary. O.O Are you SERIOUS?!?! I know that prayer like I know my fucking name and I showed it too, saying as loud as I could right next to them, off rhythm with them. I walked off yelling the Our Father. Yelling for them to shut up. Yelling that they were oppressors. I saw a straggler later, when Haddie decided it was more counter productive to stick around. He carried a sign that read: "God's Marriage: 1 Man + 1 Woman=Children" I snarled that there is no such thing as "God's" marriage. God is a spirit. A SPIRIT!!!!!!! I screamed after him that that was all bullshit.
I should not have behaved this way. If for no other reason than I made a spectacle of myself, I should have kept my temper.
This is what the GSA did: They got a banner of their own. Smaller, but that rainbow sure drew attention when it was set smack in the way of the opposition. Students had to pass the GSA before they reached the men passing out brochures with "10 Reasons" why same-sex marriage should not be allowed. They had to walk around a young man waving a bright rainbow flag and a group of about twelve to fifteen people who supported and were a part of them. I saw a lot of students refuse the pamphlets. A few more gave the "Traditional" men the cold shoulder. Some students looked as mad as I was. I saw all of this nearly an hour and a half after I had been yelling at the Oppressors. I had to go up and shake hands with some of those from the GSA, thanking them for what they were doing. I would have joined them, but I had a class to get to. As I walked away, one of the men tried to hand me a paper. I told him I was so far from interested, it wasn't even funny. He gave me a disgusted look and turned away before I even got to the last word.
As I walked from my class right now, I found myself watching the floor. Bits of torn paper litter the walkways. I glanced into two different trash cans in two separate places. Brochures line most of the inside.
So I call that a small victory. Small, but friggen mighty.