KellyGO reminded me (and all of you too) that it’s Freedom to Marry week. She took it upon herself to start a conversation with three people about why gay rights matter. I decided to be one of those three. And now I’m telling three people.

Our friends, our family, our pastors, our teachers, our neighbors are being denied civil liberties. It is not gay rights, it’s civil rights. The right to marry. The right to visit your loved ones in the hospital. The right to go to jail when they lie on the income taxes. The right to put both parents names on a birth certificate. Recently a friend married her life partner. Yet, she does not have the same rights I do. She was not given the automatic right to change her name. She cannot tell the hospital she is the spouse. It holds no meaning to the government. If people truly want smaller government let’s start by getting it out of our bedrooms and our uteri (boy, that’s a rant for another day).

Consider the rights that LGBT folks do not have. And now remove gay from the sentence and replace it with black. Is it alright? No? Replace it with female. Is it alright now? No? There’s a reason for that. It’s because it’s wrong. It was wrong when interracial marriages were against the law, it is wrong the same-sex marriages are against the law.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, here’s a little video to make you feel all lovey-dovey.

“Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Hat Tip: Dorothy Surrenders via Lesbian Dad

3 smart people left their mark:

  1. Tracie, 12. February 2009, 8:08

    Amen…well said. Who I love and share my life with shouldn’t be an issue for anybody else. I am reminded often that people see my rights should be different because of the gender of my partner. And why does that make sense? I agree with you…we say it it not okay when it comes to race…why is the gender of my life partner any different?

    Tracies last blog post..I’m still here

  2. Beth Partin, 12. February 2009, 9:29

    That video made me cry. Thanks so much for posting it!

  3. pamela, 12. February 2009, 10:04

    When will we all just be people? People without adjectives and weighted descriptors?

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