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Marriage By Any Other Name

Is not nearly as sweet.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The state’s ban on same-sex marriage confers second-class status on lesbians and gay men and invites discrimination, the city of San Francisco and 22 same-sex couples argue in briefs filed Monday asking the California Supreme Court to strike down its marriage law.
“The marriage exclusion tells lesbians and gay men that they are less worthy than child abusers, or sex offenders, or convicts in prison for murder,” wrote lawyers for City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a 98-page legal brief. “Because after all, those people do have the right to get married.”

Herrera is nails it with that quote. The filing of briefs by the City of San Francisco anf 15 same-sex couples comes about three years after Mayor Gavin Newsom bucked covention and approved marriage licenses for same-sex couples. In addition to this lawsuit, LGBT people are eagerly awaiting the decision in a court case in Maryland. Activists there including Equality Maryland have been doing an awesome job of advocating for LGBT people. Other states like Rhode Island, Washington State and New Hampshire are also dealing with legislation that would legally recognizing same-sex couples and their families.

The right-wing crazies like James Dobson and Bill O’Reilly are already going nuts about this stuff, but why the heck should gay people denied equal treatment under the law when we pay the same taxes as every other American?

For far too long, opposite-sex couples have been given special rights by the federal and state governments as if being straight is some kind of privileged position that deserves special treatment. And don’t talk to me about the sanctity of marriage, because people like Rudy Guiliani and his current wife have FIVE marriages between them even as Guiliani is opposed to gay marriage. Enough with with the non-gays hogging all of the marriage licenses, feigning superiority and ruining the institution for the rest of us.

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