Twilight Zone

The following story is respectfully offered for your consideration. It concerns two people—Kathy Kitson and Tom Sherman—but they are from another galaxy and another time. They live quite simply in the Twilight Zone.

“Everybody knows, don’t you think?” asked Kat.
” I do. I think most people can tell we’re a couple,” replied Tom.
” It’s not like we’re breaking the law,” said Kat.
” Fifty years ago, what we’re doing would have been against the law,” he reminded her.
” Thank goodness we didn’t live back then!” She exclaimed.

Tom took Kathy into his arms and held her. Outside of their two bedroom loft on the outskirts of suburbia, they still turned heads when they walked hand in hand down the street. Most people just looked the other way, but there was occasional trouble.

A recent heckler had yelled, “Blasphemers! Don’t you realize that what you’re doing defies God’s will!?”

“Well, if God is against two people loving each other, caring for each other, then He’s no God to me!” said Tom to the busy-body who didn’t want to mind his own business. Tom and Kat had just finished grocery shopping and were putting their last bag into their sedan. The heckler continued, “The Bible clearly states that a man should only lie down with a man and a woman should only lie down with a woman. A man and a woman are only supposed to come together to procreate! You’re breaking God’s laws!”

” Come on, honey,” said Kat. “Don’t listen to this idiot.” Kathy and Tom got into their car and drove away.

It didn’t make any sense to Tom. Who was he hurting? Why did anybody care what they did in the privacy of their own home? Kathy and Tom had always known they were different. When other kids were out hooking up with someone of the same sex, he couldn’t stop thinking about the opposite sex. He couldn’t help how he felt; he couldn’t help who he was attracted to. If there was a God, as Tom believed, and God made him, then he couldn’t believe what he was doing was wrong. While it seemed that society had finally allowed Tom and Kathy to live their lives their way, they still couldn’t enjoy the same rights of their “normal” friends: Health benefits, retirement benefits, nothing. They were allowed to be a couple, but they couldn’t legally be married. The President was trying to institute an amendment that marriage was only something between two men or two women. Opponents of O.S.M. (opposite sex marriages) said, “Where is it going to stop? If you allow a man and a woman to come together, what’s next? Polygamy? Incest? Communes? God made Adam and Steve, not Adam and Eve! Eve only showed up when they decided they needed an incubator to make babies!”

On the internet, articles could be found for and against O.S.M.:

In the “For” Column:
  • “Because our country has been founded on a constitution, in which all people are created equal; we cannot deny the basic human legal right of marriage to a class of individual due to their sexual preference.
  • “The right to choose whom a person marries is a fundamental right protected by the constitution. A provincial court argued that the emotional bonds for same and opposite sex couples are identical and so should be their legal rights.”

The Rebuttals:
  • Only same sex partners could make good parents.
  • Children need to be raised by non-biological parents. Otherwise, emotional ties will be too strong and could effect the emotional development of the child.
  • A child of opposite sex marriages will be subject to hate. This in effect punishes the child who has done nothing wrong.

Tom wished there was a world out there where a person wasn’t judged by the partner he chose, but by his character. But, he knew it was a dream. But that’s where all great change occurs; from the birth of a dream.

Tom and Kathy are from another place, another galaxy, another time, yet we are all caught at the same crossroads…in the Twilight Zone.

 

Story by:
Fred Cuellar