On the Subject of Maine and Maryland Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage by Popular Vote

Yes, on that subject: I’m unbelievably stoked. To me, it’s probably the most important and telling thing that happened yesterday.

Why is a straight, married, fairly boring guy so stoked that two states became the first in the country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote?

Because the mainstreaming of our LGBT citizenry is currently the most accurate barometer we have for gauging our country’s level of tolerance for individual civil liberties. It’s very simple: more people being OK with gay folks having the same rights as straights = fewer people actively obstructing someone else’s happiness just because they’re scared of something they don’t understand. (And if you want to infer that I’m using code for “Crazy for Jesus” here, feel free, but you’d only be half-right.)

Happiness and fearlessness, people. That’s the goal.

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