Same-sex marriage and the camp interpreter

Members of a heterosexual tank crew striking poses that wouldn't be out of place in certain bars in downtown Miami.

Members of an apparently heterosexual tank crew striking poses that wouldn’t be out of place in certain dance clubs in downtown Miami.

Tuesday saw the U.S. Supreme Court take up the thorny issue of whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and whether to uphold California’s Proposition 8 that bans same sex marriage.

Many acquaintances on Facebook appeared to have changed their profile pictures to red squares containing two parallel pink lines as a sign of solidarity with the movement to accept same-sex marriage.

My take on the matter is that same-sex marriage should and will one day be recognized in the same manner as marriage between a man and a woman, though I can appreciate the argument that in the U.S., especially, where it is such a divisive issue, it would be better to let the process happen state by state rather than by a sweeping federal mandate.

Either way, one day same-sex marriage will be the norm and I imagine in the future people will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about, much the same way people look back at the furor once generated over mixed-race couples.

By way of demonstrating my ability to link anything, even the machinations of the Supreme Court, with my time in Iraq, whenever gay-related issues are mentioned I find it hard not to think of a British civilian who was attached to our Battle Group during our six month Iraq tour based at Camp Abu Naji.

Fluent in Arabic, he worked as an interpreter and was known as the camp interpreter, a title he took much glee in being openly gay himself. He did a sterling job as an interpreter and was under fire on more occasions than me and most other heterosexual combat troops.