The only person with whom I've had any sexual contact in the last four years has been myself. Certainly, from the viewpoint of many Christian sects, that's just as sinful as anything else (and possibly more so), and might from some viewpoints even be considered the gayest thing possible. In the majority of those encounters, I have also not "spilled seed," which is the real "problem" reflected in the prohibitions on these matters in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. No seed, no foul? Probably not in their minds...and yet, this sexual presence in absence, as it were, certainly problematizes the issue, and breaks the stereotypes and expectations that some of these paranoid individuals seem to have about "people like me."

My state of origin and current residence, Washington, had its legislature and governor approve the legality of same-sex marriages recently; but, detractors of this position have collected enough signatures to have it be a referendum issue on this November's ballot. Conservative Christian churches are leading the charge on the repeal of the liberalization of marriage in my state. Luckily, not everyone within Christianity thinks the way they do. And the fact is, there are religions, denominations, churches, and individual ministers who will happily perform same-sex marriages right now, even though they're not legally recognized, all across this state, country, and the wider world. The legality of same-sex marriage cannot force any individual or religious institution to perform such a marriage if they do not feel it meets their standards of sacramentalism. Still, they would bar anyone else's religious beliefs in this regard from being legal, and instead would prefer their own narrow sacramental definitions be the law of the land for everyone. The only thing they have to gain in doing this is the smugness of knowing their own bigotry and fear-mongering has kept a certain group of people in second-class status.

The inability to do that, it seems, is by far the worst nightmare of these individuals.