On my earlier squib pointing readers to the Albuquerque Journal’s gay marriage poll, I drew several unexpected responses from readers who think same-sex unions are “abnormal”. Josh Marshall last night published an amazingly touching letter from a reader about another time and place in our society in which the same argument was made:
I’m 62 years old and grew up in Missouri. When I married my first wife, who was Japanese American, we had to do so in another state. At that time it was against Missouri state law for interracial marriages to take place. Times change.
40 years later the pain of that state-sanctioned inequality, which made some couples second-class citizens, still stirs an old, deep-felt resentment. While I’m not gay, I certainly have sympathy for the state-sanctioned unfairness that gay couples endure and believe that in another 40 years (probably much sooner) gay marriages will be a simple, accepted fact of life.