Päivi vs. Mom

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.

Dear Lissu and Päivi – well, mostly Päivi,

Päivi, what I really think that you and your anti-marriage act friends are hung up on is not marriage. It’s sex. Personally, I’ve never understood why anyone cares what anyone else does in their bedroom. I don’t care unless I’m in that bedroom or if a 5-year old is in that bedroom. Like most people, I do care if my friends and neighbors are nice people. And I definitely care that everyone has the right to make a ”union” with whoever they want. What could possibly be bad about two people who really care about one another. They’re not the problem – it’s those who love to hate who are the problem.

Päivi, I’ve read that you have kids. If one of your kids was gay, wouldn’t you want that child to find someone to love and make a life with? Or would you disown or be embarrassed by that child? Or try to find someone who would ”straighten” him or her out? Well, you’d be wasting your time if you did.

I’ve also read that you’re the head of the Christian Democratic Party, so I’m assuming that your main argument against equal marriage is that God wouldn’t approve. But Päivi, why in the world would you think God would hate homosexuals? When I went to Sunday school, we were always tought that God is an infinitely loving being. And remember, Päivi, God was the father of Jesus, and the Gospel of John refers to John as ”the disciple whom Jesus loved.” I’m just saying…

Anyway, Päivi, I could go on and on. But the point is that it’s time to grow up. People are people. Actually, like that wise little girl said: ”All people are who they are.” Some of them are short and fat, some are tall and gorgeous, some are black, some are Asian, some are Finnish, and some are gay or transgender. Most of them want the same thing in life – somebody to love, somebody to love them, somebody to talk to and yes, somebody to sleep with.

Let it go Päivi. The U.N. has plenty of work to do without worrying about gay, or for that matter, straight, marriage. And I’m sure you and your colleagues in the Finnish Parliament do too. So when you vote next Friday remember – it’s ok to change your mind at the last minute and do the RIGHT thing. God will understand. In fact, I think he’d be very proud of you.

#tahdon2013, Lissu’s Mom