While I was driving in this morning, listening to NPR on the radio (yes, I’m a big ol’ dork/nerd/whatever), I heard a story that talked about Washington’s “Anything But Marriage” law that was being contested. The anti-gay coalition was trying to get it off the books, and the voting public resoundingly dismissed the anti-gay push to remove our rights.
At first, I felt a surge of “well, FINALLY – a state that has a majority of people that aren’t complete idiots” and was happy about the rights that gays and lesbians had been granted.
And then… I started thinking (probably not the best idea, pre-6am). Why not marriage, too? I mean, yes – don’t get me wrong – I understand the step forward that ABM represents – but why are we excluded from marriage? Why should marriage not be a right afforded us?
I don’t get the argument that same-sex marriage threatens the institution of marriage. If that’s the case, then divorce among heterosexuals shouldn’t be allowed. Doesn’t divorce threaten the institution of marriage more?
Of course, I live in a state where it’s Nothing Including Marriage. I suppose I should be so lucky to be able to complain about ABM in my state.
But still, can I like the fact that we’re seeing progress towards equality but still unhappy with the compromises that we still have to make?
After a quick internet search, this article says what I’m clumsily trying to articulate much more clearly…