Spencer's eyes widened a little as he listened to Aurelia. Ondore was fascinating to him, a strange mix of old-fashioned beliefs and ones more progressive than those in America.
"Well, I'm the firstborn, so even in Ondore, people would try to stop me from marrying whomever I want, but it's just..." He wasn't sure how to explain homophobia to someone who seemed unfamiliar with it. "There are lots of people in America--and in many other places--who believe that it's wrong for two men or two women to be together. It's usually because of their religion, they think it's a sin. And in all but a few places, those prejudices are written into the laws, so two men or two women can't get married. In Massachusetts--that's one of the states that makes up America, it's the one I originally come from--it's legal, but in, say, Texas--that's where my mother is from--it isn't. Some people have been trying to change that, but it's hard to fight prejudices like that, especially when people think that God said that homosexuality is a sin." He sighed. "Actually, a few decades ago, people of different races couldn't even get married in some states. It would be ridiculous if it wasn't so sad."