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Saturday, July 17, 2010

On Marriage

So a lot of folks who know me, probably have a lot of questions about my plans to get married. For most of those questions, feel free to ask me in person. I'm not posting EVERYTHING to the great big wide internet. But for one very important question, I took Dan Savage's advice. As much as I don't want to get married when good friends don't have the right to do the same, Dan says, go ahead, and fight from the other side of the fence.

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Also, we plan to include this in our ceremony:
“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition. It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right.’ Without the right to choose to marry, one is excluded from the full range of human experience.” -- from the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in that state.

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