Henry Rollins: Gay Marriage Is Punk Rock
Marriage equality in the states, for perhaps decades to come, will look like how the country votes, with a line drawn in the proverbial sand that has been there since 1865. One half will live in Old Testament denial and miserable slow growth and the other half will just get on with things.
However, it could very well be that things will change faster than that. Millions of teenagers in the southern states will be eligible to vote in 2016. It could very well be that these Internet-age young adults will want to make a permanent break with the past. If those states got switched on, treated themselves better and got out more, imagine the unbelievable powerhouse America would be. Could be incredible.
I love the Constitution. I read from it almost every single day. I am no expert, of course, but you can count me as a major fan. If the Constitution was a movie, the Preamble would be the trailer, the First Amendment the establishing shot, the 13th the crowd pleaser and the 14th the ultimate hero scene. It's such an amazing document and it really gives you all the ammo you need to win against the homophobes and the misogynists. From reproductive health to marriage, the First, Fourth and 14th are all you need. Conversation done.
Can't handle it? You move. Trust me, Canada won't take you. Better yet, stick around, get a clue and let's all dance this mess around.
I went to an all-boys school. We had gay students, at least two gay teachers. I grew up in Washington, D.C., which has a large gay population. It was never an issue for me and the guys I hung out with. When we all got into punk rock, we learned that we had all kinds of people in our scene; gay was part of it. I thought it was really cool. We were a crew of social misfits of all stripes and it was the music that brought us together.
The fact that there were so many gay people in punk bands, I think, really gave the music an incredible dynamic. Frustration and emotion were expressed without orientation clauses; all you needed was to be was alive to be a part of it.