February 25, 2004

Amend This

As one half of a happily committed straight couple, I am not threatened by gay marriage. Far from it, L and I only see good things coming as a result of full marriage benefits. Not civil unions, mind you, but marriage. (I seem to remember something from grade school about the doctrine of "separate but equal" being, by definition, unequal.)

Mr. Bush, if you're reading, I'd like to offer what I think should be the only compromise we reach on gay marriage: if you don't like it, don't marry a gay person.

L and I are going to make a donation to the Human Rights Campaign to help them meet their goal of raising $500,000 this week. I hope that more straight couples will stand on the side of human decency and drown out the rising chorus of hate coming from the right.

After that we'll get back to wedding planning - and I'll limit my future politcal rants. All those weddings out in San Francisco haven't threatened our plans in the slightest. Food tasting and wedding showers stop for no man - or no two men.

Read the Onion artcile Massachusetts Supreme Court Orders All Citizens to Gay Marry.

Posted by The Groom at February 25, 2004 12:49 AM

My brother and his boyfriend are close friends with a lesbian couple. They're all thinking that the boys involved could marry the girls, since you know, they're the 'opposite' sex, thus they could all be legally married and enjoy insurance benefits and the tax status of being 'married' and being 'sacred' and all that.

What is the problem with gay marriage, exactly? Is it that some homosexual couples want to commit to each other? How about straight people of the same gender wanting to marry each other? or mayby gay people of opposite sexes? What about those who are born with organs of both sexes? or none at all? Is this about 'orientation' or about gender? What's the definition of 'orientation?' What do we do about Anne Heche?

My parents have been married and in dear sweet laughing love for nearly 50 years.

I'm about to get married for the first/last/only time in a few months.

Several thousand couples of the same gender have gotten married in San Francisco in the last few weeks. Anyone who can demonstrate to me, in a real, practical sense, how such marriages 'threaten' what my parents have, or what my brother has, or what I'm about to do, gets my vote for President.

Posted by: Suli at February 29, 2004 10:43 PM