Gay Marriage and Equality

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wonderwomanWhile love is universal, marriage is not a human right. It is an entitlement, given to us by the state, that affords protection and privileges to designated groups of people.

And while I believe that two consenting adults should be able to love and marry one another, I don’t think the path to equality goes through marriage.

Marriage can be a great and amazing institution; however, the past 100 years of feminist history reminds us that it can be oppressive, unhealthy and unequal.

I think it’s great that 2.7 million people changed their Facebook avatars to support heteronormative marriage in the gay community. But it’s not enough to log onto a social networking site and say Gay people! They’re just like us!

There is more work to be done.

If you support marriage equality, it’s time to turn off the computer and get serious about divorce equality, pay equity and worker protection. Fight for equality by recognizing that domestic violence happens in same-sex relationships. When you witness unequal treatment in your life, address it.

And advocate for change on behalf of all men and women who experience discrimination and bigotry in their lives.

Shoot, that’s hard work.

Where’s the Facebook avatar for that?

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