Marriage Equality

So it’s no secret now that the Supreme Court of the United States will be taking up directly the issue of marriage equality. In deciding on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — one of the many black marks on the Clinton administration – the Supreme Court has chosen to weigh in directly on the issue of whether or not same-gender couples have equal rights to marry under United States law. Let me be clear, I am not a lawyer, am not in law school, so any opinion I present is non-professional. Yet, as a gay man and an LGBT activist, this of course has particular resonance.

Here’s my detached, non-personal argument for full marriage equality. 1) If the state is a secular state governed by reason and law; 2) said state is to grant special rights and benefits to two individuals willing to enter into a binding contract recognized by said state; therefore  3) if gender has no place as a component relating to the validity of said contract, then 4) two individuals of the same gender are entitled to the same rights and privileges as any opposite-gender couple. That’s the concrete argument, but beyond that it’s just a matter of fairness. I will find my boy someday, and if we get to that point, I’d like to sanctify our commitment with the state of Illinois (where it currently isn’t possible) with the same kind of commitment and legal recognition as my hetero friends whose unions make me smile.

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~ by Benji on 9 December 2012.

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