Why are two elderly women who marry, a threat to anyone?
The first same-sex marriage in the history of New York City involved two women. In fact, one was 77 and the other was 85, and she had to use a walker during the ceremony. With her other hand she held the hand of her partner who now is her wife. They had been together 23 years.When they were young and lived in a society where being gay — even as women — was something you hid completely, I am sure they would have never imagined a day where they could marry.
But there are many people who fear this marriage between two elderly women.Some even believe a deity will bring havoc on society for ensuring that two older women have the chance before they pass on to finally marry the person they have loved, wanted and hoped to marry for decades.
Of course, 45 years ago there were many people who thought interracial marriages would bring the wrath of a deity upon us. I am glad that these two women had the chance to marry. They deserve the right to be treated as full and equal citizens. They, and other gay men and women like them, have served as police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, construction workers and have contributed greatly to our society.
It is unfortunate that they didn’t have the ability when they were younger, but progress does not happen in an instant. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "the arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice." His wife, who was a strong supporter of gay rights and same-sex marriage, did not live to see same-sex marriages but lived to see gays treated with a degree of dignity in their own nation.
In contrast in Aimes, Iowa, we had Republican candidates who sounded like old time segreationists competing against each other, in order to make life as hard as possible for gay Americans. Not only would they ban same sex marriage in states without majority support (for now) of same sex marriage, but even in states, such as Vermont, where same sex marriage is wildly popular.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, openly speculated about Texas leaving the U.S., because of disagreement with the federal government. This same governor now favors a nationwide ban on same sex marriage. So much for his support of "states' rights". Almost all of these candidates also showed the exact same hypocrisy. To them, gays are so much of a threat that they must be banned from marriage. Probably what a lot on the far right believed 50 years ago, about interracial marriages.