It's been raining a lot here.
In fact, fear of mud slides have threatened coastal regions and other places here in Southern California. These literal slippery slopes is what usually brings the metaphor into territories of the unwanted and avoidable.
But, when it comes to Gay Rights, 9 times out of 10, the biggest argument that comes against it is - slippery slopes.
Hearing this, I sort of laughed... NAMBLA!? Who said anything about those weirdos? I really just don't understand why Homosexuality is always compared to these fringe sexualities like Man/Boy Love or ... Beastiality. It's down right infuriating. There's always this talk of the "gays" as this group of lesser humans, that somehow we're unequal.
How can you open your mouth and purposely say such hateful things? It just doesn't make sense to me. There's no good argument against homosexuality - and if you're going to make arguments up, the best you got is "if you allow gays to do it, next you'll be allowing people to have sex with ducks."
No. No. No.
The big issue with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is that you are acknowledging that Homosexuality exists. And if you acknowledge its existence, then you have to start giving rights to those individuals, rights like... housing and the big one: Marriage. You see, soldiers come from all walks of life - and from all places of the US. So, you'll mix Mass. Gays with Cali. Gays. Those who are allowed to marry and those who aren't. Side by side, close quarters.
Those who have the right to marry each other - and those who do not.
The military to me is like it's own state. It has its own medical plan (Universal & Free), it's own housing, it's own regulations and laws. The inclusion and acknowledgement of gays in the military creates a slippery slope for the changing of laws and discrimination.
I welcome this change - and I hope that it, like a real slippery slope, starts off as the single incident: repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' - and suddenly excellerates into a full own Equality Act. Allowing two consenting individuals to live their life as they choose, to express their love openly and allow the cloud and stigma that being gay is different (morally wrong, weird, creepy, icky) to vanquish.
When a nine year old can freely feel he can express his crush on a boy in his classroom, without fear of repercussions and ridicule from his classmates, a ridicule that a boy crushing on a girl never fears - the world will grow to become a much better place. When being gay isn't something you have to "come out for" - but just something that is, like the fact that you're a particular race or nationality: promiscuousness, the spread of HIV (in America), and pent up angers will fade to a normal and healthy pace.
We'll never rid ourselves of racism completely. We'll never rid ourselves of cheating or treating each other like shit, but right now, the silent oppression and fear Gay teens and soldiers and men and women face everyday makes things that shouldn't be... be.
And I believe Obama's administration has done the right thing here and found the loop hole to opening the flood gates, to beginning the slippery slope to equality for all.
It doesn't start at the top, it's from the bottom up.