We watched the Women’s World Cup last night and oh what a game. I admit I’m not much of a soccer-watcher. In fact, I’m more of a “oh, we’re in the finals and we just might win so let me jump on the bandwagon and also GO USA!” kind of person.
Anyway, here’s my thought: Wouldn’t it be great if the whole country cheered for marriage equality and civil rights in the same way we cheered in unison for the US Women’s Soccer team?
Consider Abby Wambach. Perhaps one of the greatest soccer players of our time – male or female. Strong, agile, smart, and a leader in every sense of the word. She also happens to be gay and some of the first images following her team’s spectacular win last night were of her embracing her wife.
I wonder how many people who were waving the American flag and shouting “U-S-A!” just minutes earlier were now cringing at the site of two women celebrating? My guess is quite a few, given the outrage following the Supreme Court’s recent decision on marriage equality.
Why do we celebrate athletic achievements with more collective enthusiasm and patriotism than a move toward greater equal rights for all? Is one somehow more patriotic than the other? And if so, I channel Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers when I say REALLY?!?
Seriously, though, there’s something about sports that unifies this country, don’t you think? It transcends everything and just lumps us all together as Americans. It’s a great feeling. I just wish that feeling of unity would translate into how we treat one another.