Monday, February 16, 2004

something's happening

On Valentine's Day, Andrew Sullivan blogged about the civil disobedience in San Francisco with the government issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. I share with you a part of his comments:

THE EMPOWERMENT OF MARRIAGE: Something is happening out there. Instead of begging for the basic right to marry, gay couples are now demanding it. In San Francisco, they are simply getting married as an act of civil disobedience. And that is also happening across the country. This will alter the debate - as will the actual existence of marriages in Massachusetts in May. The debate will become how to tear gay couples apart, how to demean and marginalize them, rather than an abstract debate about theories of marriage. And as these couples begin to feel what marriage is like, as they experience what civil equality actually is, they will become emboldened. Just as those who refused to leave segregated lunch-counters began to deepen their sense of moral outrage and conviction, so the act of getting married - something heterosexuals simply assume they have - is empowering.

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