An usher from Safeco field in Seattle asked a lesbian to stop kissing her date, because she was making another fan uncomfortable. (See CNN for more on the story).
This is now happening more and more often now. Last year, I was with my dad and my brother buying fireworks for New Year’s and there were two girls in their 20s kissing and being affectionate. Most of the displays of affection were not necessary and even if it would have been a heterosexual couple I would have been uncomfortable. Regardless, I was really uncomfortable that there were two girls doing this and I am sure they noticed, because I can only imagine the look in my face. My brother who is eighteen shrug his shoulders and told me that he sees that in school all the time. As a woman and hopefully a mother some day, I don’t blame this particular fan who was uncomfortable who had her kids with her. I mean, what do you say to your children? Even if they don’t ask about it, they are seeing it, right? If it would’ve been me at the baseball game, I know I could not have watched the game comfortably and would’ve had to leave the game if I had children with me.
Now, that being said, I know much discussion has sparked in the comboxes at this blog with regard to same-sex marriages. I’m on the camp that we should not just sit there and do nothing about it based solely on the argument that as Catholics we should only worry about the sacrament of marriage and not how the State understands marriage. I understand that even without the State sanctioning same-sex marriages we would still be exposed to displays of affection by gay couples or perhaps having them adopting children. That would happen anyway. But, at the same time, if law and public policy are supposed to provide ways to ensure the common good, then its understanding of marriage must better be a correct one. Otherwise, how can it ensure the common good? This is a question that, I acknowledge, I must do more research on. I usually like to read more about a topic before I take an “official position”. But, at the same time, I am writing this based on my “gut feeling” and as a concerned person who is entering marriage soon and will also perhaps be a parent soon. In all honesty, as a perhaps future parent, I cannot imagine having to expose my child to unnatural behavior and having to explain it. I know the camp is quite divided in the comboxes and I only raise the question because it has been on my mind and I want to know what you think and help my (our) thought process on this issue.