In Which I Discuss The Future Of Gay Marriage, And Republicans

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 15.678% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

Dear Republicans:
I think at this point, the whole “gay rights” issue is pretty much guaranteed to head the same way as “women’s rights” and “African-American rights.”  Oh, there’s still battles to be had, but if you look at the demographics among younger folks, most of whom see gayness as no big deal, then what’s going to happen over time is that the old homophobes will die off and the new homophiles will take over.
At which point, gay rights will continue to be an issue, in much the same way that discrimination against women and African-Americans continues to be a problem, but people will mostly agree that gays are folks just like anyone else.
At which point the Republicans will be screwed.  Their opposition to gay rights will be noted by this generation, and they’ll almost certainly abandon their anti-gay stances just to survive as a political party, but the stigma will continue.  You’ll have people going, “Well, I like the Republican party’s line on many issues, but we all know how much they hate gays.  I can’t vote for them based on that.”  Votes will be lost.
Those future Republicans will doubtlessly claim, “Hey, wait!  I didn’t have anything to do with those old anti-gay laws!  I actually like gay people!  I haven’t tried to pass any anti-gay legislation in, like, ever!”  At which point people will go, “Oh, sure, you say that, but everyone knows that if you got your druthers you’d try your best to drum gays out of the military and revoke all the gay marriage laws.”
That’s gonna suck for you.  But here’s the deal:
If you have ever agreed that the Democrats are going to take away your guns, then shove your fucking whining back in your pie-hole.
Hey, we seriously stopped battling the NRA shortly after the Brady Bill passed back in 1993, and it’s been almost two decades since we’ve given up the fight.  We got trounced so severely by our nation’s love of guns that Democrats don’t even discuss it any more.  And there are plenty of gun-totin’ Democrats who like to shoot, which inevitably evinces surprise from conservatives, because everybody knows how much liberals hate guns. It’s just how things are.  When a Democrat gets in office, he wants to remove every handgun.
So, you know, if you said at any time between his election and the end of his first year of Presidency, “Now that Obama’s in office, he’s gonna work to take away our guns!” (or stood silent when someone else did), well, you can eat a bowl of shut the fuck up when it comes to enduring the world thinking that all your kind hates gays even though you conceded the point decades ago.  Because hey, what goes around?  Comes around.
(And for those of you who didn’t?  Well, I’m sorry you’ll have to endure that.  Some day.)


  1. Gretchen
    Oct 24, 2012

    I WANT MY PHASER. Really, if the gun-industry doesn’t want to go the way of Detroit, they would create a non-lethal personal self-defense weapon that an old woman can use with the same stopping ability as a handgun.
    It should be a win-win –revenue and 2nd amendment compliance. BUT, being normal, short-sighted faux capitalists, they can’t see past dogma and this quarter’s profits.
    We have pictures of the Galactic Center for Pete’s sake. We can’t create a Star-Trek type Phaser weapon?

    • TheFerrett
      Oct 24, 2012

      Actually, there was an article I read on the difficulty of that. Basically, it was a discussion of the taser, and how many other approaches had been tried to stop the human body, but as it turns out we’re resilient enough that creating something that a) always stops us but b) never kills us, and c) is small enough to carry around with us is ridiculously hard to do.
      It’s not just us, man. Cops would kill (or not-kill) for a guaranteed non-lethal solution. They’re working on it, but the best we have is the taser and pepper spray, and one kills and the other doesn’t work often enough.

  2. Ottr
    Oct 24, 2012

    As a pro gun leftie, hells yeah.

  3. JSM
    Oct 24, 2012

    Yes, but it’s a shame we gave up on meaningful gun control, i.e., proper background checks, closing loopholes, preventing the mentally ill/felons/etc. from getting guns. We’ve totally sucked at that.
    -Another not anti-gun lefty

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