But...it could be so much worse. So I am thankful for every breath I take. And I fervently hope that 2014 continues to bring positive changes for the folks who don't exactly love according to society's ideal heterosexual norm.
Disclaimer: my extended family contains gay people. They are normal. I like them. Get over it.
And the race for equality gathers momentum as more and more high-profile folks disavow discrimination, but mostly as everyday people quietly change their former discriminatory views. Here's a particularly good graphic comment from pro wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin:
I don't give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married, and if it's same-sex, more power to 'em. What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say, 'We as a church do not believe in that.' Which one of these motherfuckers talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do? Okay, so two cats can't get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids, then go to fucking prison, and accept God and He's going to let him into heaven? After the fact that he did all that shit? See that's all horseshit to me, that don't jive with me.
The link to Ultrarunning? You who run the backcountry know this: out there, we are only athletes. We instantly bond and spill secrets about ourselves and our families as though the runner next to you were not a stranger, but a good friend you have known all your life. There's an acceptance in the backcountry, that what matters is not who you or your friends or your family members happen to love, but rather the fact that you must be an OK human being to be doing what we do.