Oh, Orrin, what’s next?
Apparently, according to an article in the July 7 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, Senator Orrin Hatch has endorsed a federal judicial nominee who wrote that women should have a subordinate role in marriage.
I can hear the collective gasps now. I know you’re all terribly surprised. Whenever I read stories like this, I usually just shake my head and sigh, because there really isn’t much of anything I, or anyone else, can do. Shaking your head and sighing is a good form of therapy when faced with this kind of drivel, and it is much safer than, say, banging your head against the wall and pummeling your own face with your fists. A deep breath, a slight shake, as though ridding yourself of the nuisance information, and you feel much better.
After all, this is an issue that will not go away, and it certainly isn’t unique to Utah, and the Mormon Church, of which Senator Hatch is a prominent member. Remember a few years back, with the Southern Baptists decided at their annual conference that a woman should “graciously submit” to her husband? Of course, my immediate reaction was a “submit this” but I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel. Just ask my parents.
I remember years ago when my mother joined up with hundreds and thousands of Mormon women to help defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. She went to some convention, and came home with stories of lesbians ogling her and the horrors of the demise of the traditional family, abortions available to be performed at every corner market along with your carton of milk, and rampant sexual promiscuity, along with acceptance of homosexuality. I kinda think that last one is what scared my mom most. She seems almost morbidly afraid of lesbians. I’m not sure why. I’ve met quite a few, and they really aren’t all that frightening. I know, however, in her scope of life, she has not met any lesbians (at least that are willing to admit they are lesbians) and so the unknown is frightening to her. Perhaps she is afraid that one can “catch” lesbianism. Having been in close contact with several lesbians and gays before, I can assure you that this is not true. Lesbianism does not pass through casual contact or germs spread through the air. No matter HOW pissed off you are at your male mate, coming into contact with a lesbian does not guarantee you will switch sides. Nope, it seems you are doomed to be what you are.
But that fear of lesbians led my mother (and perhaps other women) to help defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, which is why, more than 20 years later, we still hear this “submit” and “suborn” malarkey.
And did you hear that the Mormon Church officially came out against gay marriage? Shake your head. Sigh. Deep breaths.