Wednesday, January 26, 2005

It's A Gay Marriage, Charlie Brown!

I was reading Minh's post Two moons in your moccasins , and it made me think of Santa Rosa, California.

Santa Rosa is where Charles M. Schultz lived out his years, and ultimately died two years ago. It is the place where Peanuts came from, and it is deep in the bowels of North Bay, 35 miles north of San Francisco, with highly liberal influences, and very open minds. It is the sister-ship of Marin, California.

I live about 1.5 hours away, in Sacramento...Home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Kings, very large trucks, very large politicians, and very deep pockets. While California is predominantly democratic at this stage, Sacramento is home of the conservative.

And in between these two areas of Northern California, there is sprawling, beautiful countryside (if you can get past the toxic waste and mercury found in the delta, but that's a different story).

And in the midst of the yin and the yang of these two counties, we have a State that is in conflict over gay marriage. Generally, the polls reveal that the State of California is opposed, and yet North Bay, San Francisco, and Northern California influences vigorously support gay marriage, and in fact, probably presents itself as a leader in fighting for its legitimacy.

What's my point?

My point is, what would Charlie Brown think about gay marriage? What would Linus say? Did you ever stop and wonder, if Woodstock was male or female? Who knows. Maybe Snoopy is gay.

The point is, that if you peel the issue down to simple terms, gay marriage is a question of tolerance. I always rely on peanuts to guide the way, on questions of morality. I think the episode, "It's a Gay Marriage, Charlie Brown!" would end up with acceptance and tolerance, and not arguments over changing the Constitution of the United States of America.