"Love is never wrong."
Melissa Etheridge: Silent Legacy
Same-sex marriage is one of those issues most people are tired of hearing about. You see it on TV. You read about it in the papers, or in your favorite online magazine. References to it pop up all over social media. I know how you feel. There are plenty of things I feel have been discussed to death, but they come up again and again.
As a lesbian, I can't get tired of the subject of marriage equality. After all, it affects me directly. My partner and I, along with millions of others, are denied the right to marry. We are given none of the benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. If I asked people why, very few of them would be able to come up with a good answer. Some would quote scripture. Others would say they just don't believe it's right. However, if I asked how my marrying another woman directly affected them, they would have to tell me that it did not. Why would they be forced to tell me this? Well, because it's true. Who I choose to marry has no impact, positive or negative, on you. It might offend your sensibilities, but that's as far as it goes.
I lived in New York when same-sex marriage was legalized there. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried. I never thought I'd be living in a state that would openly grant me the same rights as my heterosexual counterparts. It was incredibly empowering.
Sadly, I'm no longer living in New York. My partner and I live in a suburb of Detroit. Michigan recognized gay marriage for about a day, before it was banned again. We're waiting to hear the outcome of a case to overturn the ban. I'm cautiously optimistic. After all, New York did it. Iowa did it. Just two days ago, Wisconsin did it. So, why can't Michigan? Hopefully, the courts will view it that way. Hopefully, Michigan will follow in the footsteps of the states that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriage. I'm not asking for much. I simply want equality.
This is my entry for week 11 of
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