So any regular readers of this blog already know, I am a straight spouse. A straight spouse is a person who married someone who they thought was straight only to find out years later that their partner was actually secretly gay. My marriage was smoke and mirrors of lies, deception and ultimately betrayal. From the outside my marriage appeared completely normal but we were both stuck in a miserable union. I blame homophobia and the fear of homosexuality in part for the phenomena of gay men and women entering into these unions. Every straight spouse knows all to well the personal hell that is a mixed orientation marriage. Our partners, filled with so much self-loathing, bent themselves into knots to become something they weren’t and thousands of spouses and children end up as collateral damage to these sham marriages. And then there is a marriage, like this one…
Tom & Jon
I remember when Jon first met Tom. Jon was an actor, and Tom was a writer. They had the same easy-going sense of humor and love of all things nerdy. Smart, funny and supportive of their friends they were both well liked by almost everyone who knew them. Tom and Jon were one of those couples that were so cute together, they even dressed alike. I haven’t seen either of them in years but we keep in touch thanks to Facebook and email.
Anyone terrified of same-sex marriage should watch this video. Jon and Tom are just like any married couple. They have a lot of the same interests, they love each other deeply and live fairly ordinary lives. When I watch this I don’t see the end of civilization or the return of Sodom and Gomorrah, I just see a wonderful man who is very proud of his partner and his marriage. And honestly I have been witness to some fairly dysfunctional and abusive straight marriages…haven’t we all? Marriage is a crap shoot and if these two men can live together happily with their two cats, why should anyone care? The whole point of a secular marriage is if one of them gets sick, the other one can visit them in the hospital, if one of them dies they can leave their estate to the other and on and on. They should have the right to the same legal protections that any married couple have in this country. Same sex couples aren’t storming churches demanding that the faithful accept them into their congregations. They aren’t pushing for legislation to ban straight marriages, or to make it legal for a gay employer to fire a straight employee based on their sexual orientation. They aren’t promoting laws to make heterosexual sex illegal. They aren’t designing programs to make straight people gay. They just want to live their lives in peace. This is NOT the end of the world, this is normal.