While many conservatives worry about what the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage will mean for religious freedom (to say nothing of constitutional integrity), the New York Times has another pressing concern. What will gay Americans do now that they don’t have oppression to fight against?
Among the important things we may now be missing, according to the country’s most mainstream liberal newspaper?
– “Directors, filmmakers and artists are talking about moving past themes of sexual orientation, which they say no longer generate as much dramatic energy.”
– “the specialness of being gay”
– “a sense of community, a sense of sharing”
According to them, there is hope, though. “Mainstream acceptance does not necessarily cause minority cultures to wither.”
And it is with this sentence that the paper gives away the game. Liberals of all stripes – including rainbow ones – thrive on conflict. They exist to put people in groups, brush them all with a single coat of paint, and demand that they all fight for the same things. You wouldn’t know it by reading the news for the last week or two, but there are actually those who defy their cultural expectations. There are gays who vote Republican. There are blacks who do not believe they remain an oppressed people. There are women who think the Republican War on Women is just a bunch of baloney.
But these outliers rarely get mentioned in the press. And while the New York Times reluctantly admits that a great many gay Americans just want to live their lives quietly, they can’t help but worry what will happen to the LGBT population now that the same-sex marriage fight is over.
There is not the slightest hint of concern, of course, about what will happen to those who still believe that marriage is between a man and a women. Those religious conservatives who are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. How far will we be forced to bend so that America’s miniscule percentage of gays feel they are on equal footing? How much destruction will we do to the Constitution?
But in a country where gay people are suddenly without a cause, that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that liberals always have another battle to fight. They’ve found that in the transgender acceptance movement, but that involves an even smaller minority population. It’s not big enough. It doesn’t rattle enough cages. It doesn’t give us a big enough leap into the future.
Polygamy perhaps? That would be an easy enough thing to see.
The better money is on hate speech laws. Liberals have gotten almost everything they want in the courts; now they must turn their attention to everyday “bigotry.” And since polls have already shown that many Americans support limiting free speech to curb hate, they may not even have to fight that hard to get what they want. Gay Americans may have lost the comraderie that comes with sticking it to the man, but the rest of us may face a greater loss as the skies grow darker over Washington: the right to speak our minds.