Gay Marriage Ripples
Feeling the effects of Cali's gay marriage ruling.
By Kate X Messer,
9:09AM, Thu. Jul. 31, 2008
Just last night, lawmakers in Massachusetts voted to allow out-of-staters to come and enjoy the right to gay marry as recognized by their state. Non-chusettsians used to have to wait 90 days. Now, they can impulsively take the plunge just like any other red-blooded romantic (well, after figuring out how to get there).
Meanwhile, back in California,
the Golden State gears up for one polarized election season, as Proposition 8, which would again ban gay marriage in the state, is on the November ballot and the subject of much controversy. State Attorney General Jerry Brown changed the wording of the prop, and gay marriage opponents are all riled up.
And of course, there is in-fighting within our own ranks, with GLBT factions not wishing to waste the energy on a right they never wish to use. Here's Dan Savage's take:
"And speaking of infidelity: I'm gonna slap the next big, dumb gay opponent of marriage equality who whines about gay marriage being a plot to impose stultifying monogamy on us and destroy gay sex as we've come to blow and glove it. Straights don't have to be monogamous to be married (or married to be monogamous), and neither do we. We can have our civil rights, full marriage equality, and our sexual adventures, too—just like straight people do.
Gay people who say, "We shouldn't want to get married because then we'll all have to be monogamous!" are just as dishonest—and just as full of shit—as Bible thumpers who say: "They shouldn't be allowed to get married because they're not capable of being monogamous!" Drop it, you douchebags."
If we ever decide to get gay married, we know who we're gonna call.