My beautiful friend at Choral Reef wrote a beautiful post in honor of Write to Marry Day, today. Please go read her post, its so amazing. Better than mine will be by a long shot. But, she invited me to write, so here I am.
Here is the thing, I have been thinking about it all day, building a case, laying out an argument, coming up with all the clever zings that would convince you, beg you, ask you nicely or even belittle you into knowing, KNOWING that the right to marry for all people is just what needs to happen. If I lived in California, I would vote NO on Prop 8.
But you know what, I can't argue this point. Why? Because it is just simply the right thing to do. No drama, no arguing. I know in my lifetime, I will get to move on, and stand up and speak out for justice issues that I am really passionate about, like hunger and homelessness.
But until then, you'll get me, and others, yammering on about why I want to be afforded the same rights as my straight married friends. What rights you ask? My friend over at Choral Reef says it best I think.
There are more than 1400 federal rights and protections that accompany a marriage license. We have exactly zero legal standing as a couple, despite our eleven years together.
Sweetie and I are just two years in
, and I could just throw up thinking about my friend, and her beloved, without equal rights/protections for 11 years. *ugh* In Minnesota there 515 laws
Look, I am happy to talk to anyone, any day, any time about why this is the right thing to do. But for me, the only thing I can think to do is to be a witness. My life, OUR life, will be our message. I love Sweetie, more than I ever thought I was ever capable of loving anyone in the whole wide world. God willing I will be beside her for all of my days and hers. I took those vows on November 11, 2006 and I intend to keep them
. I am no freak, I do not want to wreck anyones marriage, I am no threat to anyones relationship.
Will you speak out with me, for me this political season? Please?
(You, yes you. All of you. I am not kidding. Yes, even you. You who make faggot/gay jokes on facebook pictures, you who are voting republican, you who have 3 children, and you who went to high school with me. YES! You. Please, I am asking, begging, pleading. Please.)