TakMusashi wrote:Ehh eventually the kids will be reading about gay marriage rights in their history books, just like other repressed groups that eventually gained rights in the US. *shrugs* I think is mostly a matter of time before it goes through.. but I'm pretty confident it will sooner or later.
I was talking with one of old college buddies earlier today and he goes "dude, why are you not a member of the ACLU?" I didn't have a good reason why I wasn't. I guess I don't like being affiliated... even when I agree with almost everything they do, LOL. Moving on -->
Here's a nugget for all you non-history buffs out there: here in the States we drill into our students the greatness that was the Greek world of Antiquity. We get many lessons (of what and what not to do) from what the Greeks passed down in philosophy, war, economics, arts, etc... One thing they won't teach you in high school in the States is why homosexuality has it's negative connotations presently in today's society.
(This is really really paraphrased so just bear with me) The Greeks loved queers. I'm not kidding, every straight, well adjusted adult male was expected to have at least a few young male lovers. Spartan soldiers were to sleep with veterans and gain "knowledge and experience." Cultural oddities like these continued to exist in much of Europe even after the advent of Christianity. After the Black Death and other epidemic outbreaks decimated European populations, rulers were faced with even less manpower to fill their armies with when going to war with one another. One relic from this awful time was the outlawing of homosexuality because it didn't add people to the population. As most siblings of Kings ended up in the Papacy (that's how aristocracies maintained power over the mobs of Europe) this new homophobia was slowly fundamentalized by Church leaders and even became State sancitioned laws in non-Catholic countries too.
At least that's the general gist of it. I had to shorten it in order to not bore you all with a full lecture
ACLU Topic was split to here.