Same-Sex Marriage: The Video Game Boss Battle the Right Cannot Win
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"I think that might actually be out of my range," I said to my wife the first time I played it.
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"Nonsense," she replied. "If you couldn't kill it, it wouldn't be right there in the beginning. Poke it in the butt with your sword."
I did, and was murdered so quickly I swear the polygons themselves laughed at me. Still, I refused to give up. So I tried again. I tried every spell you could get. I tried a little level grinding to get stronger. I tried throwing whatever items I had in my inventory at it in hopes that one of them would do the magic trick.
It was pointless because it wasn't a matter of me getting a lucky shot in, or finding a secret weakness. The T-Rex is simply too strong to be beaten at that point in the game. You can't do it. You just have to wait and come back later if you want to kill it.
That's the way I'm starting to see the fight against marriage equality in America. After complacent years of being able to walk over anyone in their path with enough force and a little luck, the opposition is confronted with a battle that is simply stronger and better than they are. The response is the same as mine when fighting the T-Rex, or those giant gogol enemies when you get into the wider world of Xenoblade. You walk up, you try, and you get whacked because you're taking on something that you are not going to beat.
And I'm sorry to tell them this, but those that oppose marriage equality? They'll never reach the point where they can beat this particular boss again. It's leveling up just as fast as they are, and barring some freak accident we're looking at a brave new world for same-sex couples in a very, very short time.
I think same-sex marriage opponents know this. A staunchly anti-gay friend of mine recently told me...
I have no power to affect the culture. I am perfectly happy being left behind by what the rest of the world calls progress. It doesn't change the truth, just as legal slavery didn't change the truth.
In other words, the time to admit defeat is here, and you can either get on and play the game forward, or you can turn it off and walk away. The T-Rex doesn't care one way or the other. All it ever wanted to do was to be left alone in the first place.
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