I admit that I don’t have the happiest family life, and that I understand Tolstoy’s famous adage all too well. Still, I’ve never had to contend with coming out as gay to a bigoted family and then have them do this:
My mother wasn’t forwarding the post to highlight the violent intolerance that is still so prevalent in our world. She was supporting Feuerstein’s message, and this wasn’t the first time I’d come across an antigay message my mother felt compelled to share with her Facebook followers — a group of people that includes family members like cousins, aunts, uncles, my step-grandmother, and my lesbian sister, among others. It was only the latest in a string of homophobic posts she had fired off in the days following the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of federal marriage equality. Those posts ranged from completely false reports about ministers being arrested for refusing to marry gay couples, to videos of right-wing extremists claiming LGBT civil rights signaled the beginning of a Christian holocaust.
If nothing else, I didn’t know that people were spreading rumors about religious figures being arrested for failing to perform same-sex marriages. Anyone have any relevant thoughts or experiences here? I don’t think the writer is wrong here. Mostly it just makes me incredibly sad.