And don't get me wrong, I'm cool with civil unions and domestic partnerships and marriage and whatever. I honestly don't think the state has any business saying who can and can't between consenting adults but I understand that the legality as such has implications when it comes to legal stuff like kids and hospital visits and whatnot. I wouldn't want to deny that to anyone. I also don't believe that morality can be legislated.
But as far as human rights go... even if gay marriage in some aspect is legalized here, our foreign policy helps prop up regimes that stone you for adultery and have brutal ways of treating folks who swing the other way unless it's somehow already culturally sanctioned. If we're going to talk about equality and human rights, what about our prison system, or our schools, or the disparity in sentencing between cocaine and crack, or that Gitmo is STILL OPEN, and the School of the Americas has just been rebranded, but continues to export terrorism, and that we're STILL AT WAR and bombing the hell out of other countries on top of that, or teaching people how to brutally treat their own and exporting weapons to countries to help them keep people continually marginalized (see: Israel/Palestine, Uganda, etc).
And so I can't help but feel this is a giant smoke screen, a bone to throw the people who voted for hope and change, a way to get the masses riled against each other while the war machine keeps turning. And everyone buys in.