Saturday, March 2, 2013

Down with H8 - Up With Marriage Equality For All

With so many people filing papers with the US Supreme Court to argue against DOMA and Prop H8, I wanted to bump up this old entry because it is still relevant...

It is almost time for closing arguments in the trail against California Proposition 8, or “H8”. In the Washington Post, John D. Podesta and Robert A. Levy express their hope that a federal court will overturn Proposition 8. They write about gay couples, and I agree that gay couples should have the freedom to marry. However, I am disappointed that they do not express concern for other people looking for marriage equality.

Although we serve, respectively, as president of a progressive and chairman of a libertarian think tank, we are not joining the foundation's advisory board to present a "bipartisan" front. Rather, we have come together in a nonpartisan fashion because the principle of equality before the law transcends the left-right divide and cuts to the core of our nation's character. This is not about politics; it's about an indispensable right vested in all Americans.

I agree, and that is why we need full marriage quality.

As the country evolved, the meaning of one small word -- "all" -- has evolved as well. Our nation's Founders reaffirmed in the Declaration of Independence the self-evident truth that "all Men are created equal," and our Pledge of Allegiance concludes with the simple and definitive words "liberty and justice for all." Still, we have struggled mightily since our independence, often through our courts, to ensure that liberty and justice is truly available to all Americans.

All should mean all.

Our history will soon be written by young people who are seizing the reins from the baby boomers. They seem prepared to reject laws that serve no purpose other than to deny two committed and loving individuals the right to join in a mutually reinforcing marital relationship.

I agree with this, except for the unnecessary restriction of “two.” Committed and loving individuals, no matter how many, regardless of gender or blood relation, should have the right to marriage. How about showing some solidarity? While Kris Perry and Sandy Stier should be able to marry and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo should be able to marry, so should Linda, Melissa, and Matthew. Let’s fight so that all of them will get the right to marry. Do not participate in the oppression of triads, groups, sibling couples, parent-adult child couples, and others who should have the right to marry.
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