A day of ironies

November 5, 2008 at 7:09 pm 8 comments

Barrack Obama is the President – Elect! Finally, after centuries, US of A has finally woken up to the fact that it is a multicultural society and that not every President has to be a white Christian. Yesterday, as I watched Barrack Obama speak, I felt this nation is going to start taking leaps in terms of society, strata. And in the right direction. I felt even prouder of India, who in less than 60 years of Independence has had a woman Prime Minister, a Sikh Prime Minister, a Muslim President and a half-Italian almost Prime Minister ( though I have to say I do not approve of Sonia Gandhi for various other reasons ). USA has now gotten enough people to look beyond their own nose, and if it took a Bush to get them there…then so be it!

And yet, this historic day for USA has been marred by other instances which say, maybe not much has changed – yet. Yesterday, people of California voted to take away marriage rights of gay couples. And Arkansas voted that gay people will not be able to adopt. In both these states, the funding for running these campaigns came from out of the state sources, religious institutions that splashed ads targetting every parents’ soft spot- their children. And what angers me is that, while you can say that it is unacceptable for someone from your religion to be married and gay, you cannot enforce your ideas on gay couples who choose to marry, and obviously move out of the religious bounds for its sake. I cannot understand how people can choose to have orphaned kids grow up with deprived childhood rather than have a chance at normalcy with a gay loving couple. These are the same people who stood silently and watched while their priests molested their kids and then just get transferred to another place as “punishment” so that they can start their pedophilia all over again. I cannot understand how they can call marriage sacred and have people who cheat on their spouses, who abuse their family remain married. And even let them get married again, so that they can make mockery of it all over again. And then tell that marriage is “holy” and someone cannot get married because of what they do in their beds.

I have heard many arguments against gay marriage. That it is not natural. That it is a new fad. Then how can we explain those thousand year old carvings in Kajuraho that depict homosexuality? How can we then explain various mythology with obvious gay references? We have for years ignored this, and chosen to build institutions excluding it. Yesterday, a country had a chance to set a precident, and it lost.

I am glad Barrack Obama addressed and thanked gays in his speech, because it gave them validation. Because, now the minorities have gained some kind of equal footing. But their place in civil rights has been now given to the gay people. It took the minorities over 200 years to fight it out. I can only hope it takes less longer for the gay people.


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  • 1. La Vida Loca  |  November 5, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Idiots will be idiots and hypocrites will be hypocrites. This is a scary situation.
    I still say it is progress..who knows what will happen in a few years?

    Clueless: Scary..yes. If this is the most developed nation in the world and its reaction, then imagine the others!

  • 2. Ish  |  November 6, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Yes, I felt very good when Obama mentioned all kinds of people in his speech. And you could see that the crowd loved it too.

    However, I did not know of these other happenings. I don’t know if gay marriage is a new concept or an old concept. That it is natural or unnatural. And frankly, I don’t care. When two people like each other, and think that they can make a life together, they should be allowed to do that. If seeing a gay couple disgusts you, then you really need to get your priorities right, I guess. You need to focus on yourself and look into yourself for a change rather than staring at and finding faults in somebody else.

    Anyway, I can only hope that things would change. Religion has tried to stifle great people and revolutionary ideas earlier too. But Galileo still proved that Earth was not the centre of the Universe. Sense will prevail eventually. It has to.

  • 3. (i)  |  November 6, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    In the Netherlands, marriage has been opened up for people of the same sex in 2001. It is not a separate form of marriage, it is just not restricted to straight couples anymore. Also, since 1998 it is possible for any couple to register as legal partners (also for straight couples that do not marry), because it is a lot less administrative hassle, you might need it if you buy a house together and there are tax benefits. However, a registered partnership does not mean you are regarded as family: if there are children in the mix (not adoption) the father or second mother have to be registered as the second parent. Regular marriage means that the non-pregnant partner is family and thus the parent of the child.

    The reason I’m saying this is because I wonder if in the USA there is such a thing as registered partnership, such as not to discriminate same sex couples in terms of legal benefits?

    Clueless: At first, I also thought…what is wrong with domestic partnership? Isnt that enough. And then I realized that it was not enough for me to move in with K. I had to marry him. Am I ready to dissolve my marriage and be called a “domestic partner” instead of a wife? No. Then I can’t expect someone else to accept it either.

  • 4. (i)  |  November 6, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I think I just found the answer in one of the articles that you linked. Maybe I should read before commenting. :o)

  • 5. La Vida Loca  |  November 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    this is good blog fodder..thanks 🙂

  • 6. ***  |  November 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Well, they say that there is more to it than meets the eye.
    Apparently, from the latest spew of allegations that I have heard … Prop 8 was not brewed up by some ” religious” church or anything to do with religion. But the fact, was that the “insurance” companies did not want to support this, as they expected a NO on Prop would be covering folks who can end up getting some “diseases” which are expensive to be supported. But it all ended well for them as they gave a spin of “religion” to it. And as emotional creatures, we are, people have overlooked the real reason for this bill and voted YES!! SUCKS!! I am sure the management chain up the insurance companies are having a big smurk on their face.

    But the strange part is that, the polls before the 4th were quite favorable to NO, but on the D-day, things flipped … I know polls can be wrong, but I thought some of these polls also predicted my man, Mr. Obama to win and so he did … something’s not rite here…

    I have argued quite a bit on this issue with several folks, but truth be said, its hard to convince any one to change on anything, when they have been grown believing it is a taboo…

    In the last of my rant, I just can’t believe California of all the states passed this bill. Now that it is a constitutional amendment with this unfair bill, even the CA supreme court cannot change it .. I hope someone fights it in the Federal Supreme Court, but as you said, it took some 200 years for some folks to be heard …. I just hope the GAY folks are heard sooner.

    Clueless: If the insurance story is true, then it is truly sad what people would do for a little more profit. I guess then that it is OK for these companies that the people get into false marriages with heterosexuals just so that they can get insurance. And yet another reason why health is an issue that needs to be fixed in this country.

  • 7. Afaque  |  December 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    The world is a hotch-potch of the most radical and irrational people too… but I believe that good always precedes evil and the ratio in both always tilts to good, so the world is still existing… whenever this ratio will deteriorate, I am sure that would be the last day for this us.

    Clueless: Yes, that is the thing. Thats why it is more important we make sure good is still winning.

  • 8. i love lucy  |  December 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Time to update your blog, missy!

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