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Marriage Now?

Cross posted at Bloggernista.

The fight for marriage comes down to two things for me. One is my absolute belief that LGBT Americans should be treated equally under the law, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Two is my desire to marry Jake Gyllenhaal or at least someone with similar qualities. Jake, unfortunately, is displaying some distressing signs of being heterosexual.

I have been thinking about this more and more with the introduction by Governor Elliot Spitzer of a marriage equality bill in New York and legislative and legal efforts in California, Connecticut, Oregon, New Hampshire, Washington State, Rhode Island, Illinois and Maryland. In D.C. where I live, we have possibly the most progressive legislative body in the country. One that would extend the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples in a heartbeat. Except that Congress can overturn our laws on a whim and don’t doubt that Republican members of Congress would jump at the opportunity to use LGBT families has political footballs to district from their lack of a legislative agenda that remotely conforms to the wish of the American electorate and, of course, the disasterous war in Iraq. Frankly, the Democrats can not be counted on to go to the mat for us to protect our right to marry and D.C.’s right to budgetary and legislative autonomy.

Andrew Sullivan pointed out the other day that the divorce rate in America is the lowest its been since the 1970s despite what the homo-hating religious extremist would have us believe. And Massachusetts, the only state in the union that allows same-sex couples to marry, has the lowest divorce in the country. Interestingly enough, the states in the South, where the hatred of gays is strongest and where laws denying us the right to legal recognition for our relationships are legion, has the highest divorce rate.

With all of this in mind, I believe that LGBT people should fight tooth and nail to defend our families and achieve legal equality. The Christian right and the Republican counterparts will scream to the heavens about the fire and brimstone that their distorted version of God will rain down on America if gays aren’t stoned back into the closet. But, what is increasingly clear is that they are on the wrong side of history and will go down as another in a long line of bigots that have tried to derail Americans from moving towards a more just and equal society. Their increasingly shrill protests are evidence that we will win sooner rather than later.

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