Monday, July 25, 2011

We Need to Celebrate Marriage Equality -- But We Need to Defend It, Too!

Hopefully you've seen them by now.  The various wedding videos and clips of happy gay and lesbian couples in New York who spent the day yesterday getting legally hitched.  Personally, I wouldn't have rushed out to be first in line or to participate in a group wedding or anything like that.  But I understand why couples who've been together for years without the opportunity to legally marry would do it right away.  Especially after California's depressingly nauseous Proposition 8, when some gay couples didn't rush to the alter quick enough to get married soon enough before their neighbors decided that they weren't worthy enough to tie the knot.

Speaking of Proposition 8, I think it's important for gay families in New York (and in Vermont and in Washington D.C., and here in Iowa, etc., etc.) to remember that people are gunning for our marriages.  You hear a lot about gay people mocking the institution of marriage.  And yet it's not heterosexual marriage that's being mocked by gay people.  You hear a lot about gay people out to destroy marriage.  And yet it's not heterosexual marriages that have been constitutionally neutered by gay people.  You hear a lot about gay people hating marriage.  And yet it's not gay people who are attempting to forcibly and involuntarily annul the marriages of heterosexuals.  Gay people are not using the court system to stop heterosexual people from marrying.  In fact, it's just the opposite:
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said, “Constitutional liberties were violated. Today we are asking the court to intervene in its rightful role as the check and balance on an out-of-control State Legislature.

It is unfortunate that state senators chose to protect their personal interests, rather than the people they were elected to represent. Some of the players may have changed, but it looks like same old Albany game. It is time the curtain be pulled back and the disinfecting light of good government shine upon the Cuomo Administration and our State Legislature.
You can read here how this group wants to declare the Marriage Equality Act null and void.

My point isn't be get all weepy or to stop the celebrating.  But, we do need to remain vigilant.  Gay families are under attack and it will remain this way for the foreseeable future.  We need to support our political allies.  We need to support our religious allies.  We need to remain out and visible.  And we need to encourage our friends and families to publicly support our families.

Our families deserve celebration.  Our families deserve dignity.  Our families deserve protection.  We owe it to ourselves to prevent another Proposition 8.

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