Gay Marriage as a Distraction

The day Obama finally declares for gay marriage, the news that we should all be paying attention to is the Fed has approved China’s first U.S. bank takeover. Will America ever be the same? What will happen to our freedoms?

On that note, our gay friends may not be consoled either by a reminder of Obama’s policy on Iran -- a country where (forget marriage!) gays are hanged for their sexual orientation. In what was for me the most reprehensible presidential foreign policy moment of my lifetime, Barack Obama failed to give support to the democracy demonstrators in Iran, preferring to engage in negotiations with Ahmadinejad that might reflect glory on the president himself. Result? More prisoners (homosexual and heterosexual) rotted and continue to rot in Tehran’s Evin Prison and Iran remains a soon-to-be nuclear hotbed of Islamic fascism.

But there’s one more thing, as Steve Jobs would say, that just might console our gay friends and their allies and help them keep their eyes on the economic ball this election. At least it should: Gay marriage is already virtually a fait accompli.

Those of us who live in urban America see it all around us -- tons of gay couples, sometimes in large communities, living together, working, having kids (adopted or in vitro or sometimes from broken heterosexual marriages), and doing almost everything straight couples do. And nobody seems to care. Almost nobody, anyway.

Yes, there are still some legalities that need to be adjusted, but that will come, especially since the polls show the younger generation overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage. It is only we geezers who object. (Okay, I don’t.) And, as we know, the minorities. As of now, same-sex marriage is a white man’s game (Obama excepted, of course).

Nevertheless, whatever your opinion of gay marriage, I am writing this article to urge you not to engage. The issue is a sideshow intended to distract. If our country goes the way of Greece – and writing this from the City of Los Angeles, it’s not so hard to imagine – you can forget any issue, whatever your favorite one is.  You won’t be living in America anymore.