You can add Harrison Ford’s name to the list of celebrities wondering why the battle for same-sex marriage has been so lengthy and divisive. The superstar actor, best-known for blockbuster franchises such as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, is currently in movie theaters in 42, the hit film which depicts the story of Jackie Robinson, the pioneering athlete responsible for integrating professional baseball.
While promoting the film, Ford discussed parallels between Robinson’s struggle and the current battle for marriage equality.
“I think there’s a metaphor you can reach for, according to your own interests and your own understanding and your own issues,” the actor tells Metro. “But trying to create the best expression of the ideals — the most equal society, the best-regulated society, the best-behaving society — depend on attending to equality and inequity whenever it rears its ugly head. Certainly the marriage issue conveniently falls into that category.”
Ford also notes how public opinion on the issue has been rapidly changing over the past few years.
“Things do change quickly at a tipping point, as it builds and it builds and it builds until there’s a moment where the balance of opinion, the weight of experience and the understanding comes to a point where the scales tip in the other direction,” he suggests. “We’re getting there, we’re getting there. You know, you would hope that it would have happened with less resistance. You would have hoped that everyone would get the point at the same time, but life’s not like that.”
And, come on, who would ever argue with Indy?