Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Olbermann: Gay Marriage Is A Matter Of Love

Keith Olbermann, in a commentary on "Countdown" (11/10/08), expressed outrage at the passing of Proposition 8, which rescinded the right of gay people to marry in California. More than outrage, though, Olbermann expressed bafflement at this denial of the pursuit of happiness:

Why does this matter to you? What is it to you? In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option. They don't want to deny you yours. They don't want to take anything away from you. They want what you want—a chance to be a little less alone in the world.

Olbermann asked others to cherish love no matter how it is manifested:

You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate.

You don't have to help it, you don't have it applaud it, you don't have to fight for it. Just don't put it out. Just don't extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don't know and you don't understand and maybe you don't even want to know. It is, in fact, the ember of your love for your fellow person just because this is the only world we have. And the other guy counts, too.

Olbermann's entire commentary is impassioned and eloquent and worth watching. To read the transcript, click here.

1 comment:

The Lazy Liberal said...

Very well said! I'm a firm believer in accepting love from where it comes. It's too rare to deny. Personally, I never purposely thought of who I'd fall in love with. The fact that I'm a white woman who married a white man, is more of a coincidence than a plan. It may well have been a black, hispanic, asian of either sex. Life just turned out the way it did for me. As far as what other people do? Well, the kind of people who frown on gay relationships are the same kind of people who frown on sex outside the marriage, or casual relationships. It seems to me, that individuals who are willing to fight, protest, demonstrate for the right to marry - enter into a serious and legal relationship - are saying they are committed to each other by love. Exactly who is anyone to rob someone else of this right, because it doesn't fit in with their own ideals?