Friday, 6 February 2009

"Please Don't Divorce Us."

It's making the rounds, so chances are good you've already seen it. But, on the off-chance you haven't, here it is again.

Warning: induces unrepentant sobbing.

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Yes, I bawled. I can't say for certain why: partially in joy for these people, partially in sorrow that their relationships are being threatened, but, I think, mostly in sorrow that our society is so full of hatred. Our era is going to be viewed with scorn by the future, I imagine, for our bigoted views and narrow-mindedness. History is harsh, especially with the benefit of hindsight. In this case, I think we deserve it. I'd like to ask when we decided to let ourselves be governed by the politics of exclusion, hatred, separation, and an 'Us vs Them' mentality– but we've always been this way. We are humans. We hate what we don't know, what we're unfamiliar with. This is hardly the first instance in which we have adopted hatred and punishment over open-mindedness and understanding, exclusion over love. We feel more comfortable when we can look at our world and take comfort in the fact that we have things which other people are not allowed to have. That we will go to heaven, and they won't. That we win, and you don't. Sometimes, we are a horrid species.

Eventually, however, we get over ourselves, we move on, we finally see the big picture, and we finally accept, embrace, and love. We will get there on the issue of gay marriage (yes, marriage- not civil unions, not gay unions, but marriage), and soon. Of all the things in the world to lose hope over, this is not one of them. There is so much hope, and we should all be hopeful, and smile for the better things which are to come. For I am certain they are coming. Absolutely certain.


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