When straight people are scared off by the political bogeyman of “gay marriage,” it’s useful to break it down into individual pieces. All but the archest conservatives will agree that we should be able to visit our partners in the hospital, keep custody of our children if one of us dies, inherit each others’ property.
But within our own community, we also need to acknowledge that marriage is more than the sum of its parts. Not just a mere collection of individual rights, it’s a collective statement about whether our relationships, and thus we as gay people, are worthy of respect, equality and justice.
More than just saying “I do,” marriage is about saying “we are.”
- Laura Douglas-Brown, Editor, Southern Voice
Congratulations to all of the gay and lesbian couples who will be legally united in marriage in California as of 5:01 p.m. today!