This is the very reason, we as a movement, are compelled to educate America about what it is to be gay; to live a regular life like all Americans do, yet without equality; without the rights that most Americans have! The reality is we do have the same rights; they are inherent and fundamental in terms of our Constitution here in the U.S.A. and in most States. Yet these rights have been taken away from us, through legislation such as DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – and through State initiatives and legislation that refuse to allow same-sex couples to marry.
“Many of us were shocked to open our Sunday papers on August 28 to a lead editorial headlined “GAY MARRIAGE: LET’S COUNT THE VOTES” in which The Seattle Times endorsed marriage for same- sex couples saying, “Public attitudes toward gay marriage are evolving, led by younger generations. In fact, polls now show a majority of Americans support gay marriage… [It will be necessary to] urge gay and lesbian families and their friends, gay or straight, to directly lobby Democrats and Republicans who might be persuaded to vote for marriage fairness. Washington is a live- and- let- live kind of place where people tend to respect others’ rights and privacy. It is time to legalize gay marriage.”
The editorial accompanied an article, titled “Gay marriage? State lawmakers wonder if votes are there,” which began, “Two key Democratic state lawmakers are considering a major push to try and pass a gay- marriage law in Washington next year. Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, gay lawmakers from the 43rd District in Seattle, said they’re in early discussions and have to run the idea by community and legislative leaders. The Legislature convenes in January.”
Read more of this Article by friend Stuart Wilber - where he explains that gay marriage is NOT what he wants – he wants the same marriage as his neighbors; after all he has been in the same relationship with his partner for 34 years.
Posted by Melanie Nathan