I live in Washington. Not exactly the place I want to live in forever. But this past election, my state voted to legalize marijuana and gay marriage. I consider both of these huge leaps in the evolution of our country and as people. Mr. S and I will probably end up either in the South. And it’s occurred to me for the first time that I will be living in a place where these things aren’t legal. And that makes me really sad. If I was a lesbian, I would want to be able to marry the woman I loved. If my children are gay, I would like them to be able to marry the person they loved. These are two things I feel very strongly about. I think people are too narrow-minded when it comes to these issues.
But I do have hope. I think, eventually, the entire United States will have grown past the somewhat Puritanical religious fervor and move on to accepting people no matter what their sexual orientation. I also think, eventually, they’ll realize the fabulous tax benefits of marijuana.
It will take a long time. But I have faith. I believe in God and I believe he’d want us to treat gay people the same as heterosexuals.
These two issues, and being farther away from immediate family, are the only regrets I will have about moving, however.
I do not consider myself a liberal. But I can’t see why the religious Right is still the guiding force in Republican politics. Just because the Democrats believe in this stuff doesn’t mean the Republicans MUST oppose these ideas. And hardly anyone leans religious Right anymore.
Another thing I hope for is that the Republicans come around.
Maybe one day.
By the way, I hate discussing politics.