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LJIdol: Week 11 [Jun. 8th, 2014|09:58 pm]
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"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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From: fodschwazzle
2014-06-09 05:31 am (UTC)
Maybe it's my own recency bias, but the children that I'm seeing in classrooms today are more sensitive to the issue than they were when I was there 8 years ago. It's something that even young conservative organizations are starting to take as a non-point for discussion, siding in favor of gay marriage.

Let us hope that the discussion can maintain cultural relevance long to tip over and change your rights forever. I'm a heterosexual, and I wish upon you all that I am receiving (except for a hetero relationship). Good luck.
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From: catwomon
2014-06-10 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, let's hope good things for Michigan. They need to get something right!
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From: uncawes
2014-06-10 11:44 pm (UTC)
It's a topic that's not going away any time soon.
But I'll cross my fingers it goes away in your part of the world sooner than later
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[User Picture]From: eternal_ot
2014-06-11 11:31 am (UTC)
May your hope become a reality soon..*Amen*
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[User Picture]From: n3m3sis43
2014-06-11 08:23 pm (UTC)
And you deserve equality.
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[User Picture]From: jem0000000
2014-06-12 05:53 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: favoritebean
2014-06-12 08:07 am (UTC)
I fervently hope that the ban is overturned soon. It pains me that so many cannot marry because of some grossly outdated idea about what marriage should and shouldn't be.

I will keep my fingers crossed, because love is love period.
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[User Picture]From: whipchick
2014-06-12 01:10 pm (UTC)
It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon - good wishes to you and your partner :)
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[User Picture]From: roina_arwen
2014-06-12 04:50 pm (UTC)
I wish you the best of luck in getting same-sex marriages recognized in your state. It makes no sense to me why it isn't legal in all states!
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[User Picture]From: alycewilson
2014-06-12 10:21 pm (UTC)
I truly hope and believe that in our lifetimes we will see a greater acceptance of gay marriage across the country.
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