Football and being gay in America

(KPLR) – In Monday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at Mizzou All-American Michael Sam and his announcement that he’s gay.

Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of a war, it’s hard to realize the war’s over, and you’ve lost. Like isolated Japanese soldiers found decades after world war two on remote pacific islands, some of the fiercest combatants insist on fighting on long after the war’s been lost. Which must be how the anti-gay cultural warriors feel as support for same-sex marriage grows and people like All-American Mizzou defensive end Michael Sam come out as gay.

So let me be the first to pass on the memo to the leviticus-quoting culture warriors. It’s over. You lost. Laws may still be on the books outlawing gay marriage. And many state legislatures like Missouri’s are still largely filled with cultural conservatives. And there are a lot of outspoken members of congress who still insist homosexuality is an abomination. And many pulpits are filled with clergy condemning both gays and gay marriage.

But most of us are looking at those people in our rear view mirrors. We’ve moved on. Homosexuality does not bring down the wrath of Sodom and Gomorrah. Same-sex marriages does not devalue straight marriage. Americans increasingly view the anti-gay culture warriors as artifacts from history. And the more they hyperventilate…the more they call attention to their own irrelevance…and at how fast this ever-changing country is changing again.

Not to worry, though. The people opposed to gays and gay marriage will find something else to be upset over. They always do.

I’m Charles Jaco, and that’s Jacology.

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