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Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day is here again. Many people will be getting married. Married people will be celebrating their anniversaries, or simply having a night out, as will other people hoping to get married someday, or maybe just enjoying being together in public.

If you are in such a situation, good for you and enjoy it.

Whether you are or not, take a moment to think about all of the people who can’t marry the person or person(s) they love, or can’t so much as hold hands in public without being accosted. Think about the people, consenting adults, who have to completely hide their relationships because they could be sent to prison for simply having sex in private. Think about the people who have to hide who they are because, where they live, they could be killed for being who they are. Think about the people who can’t accept gifts from their their lover(s) at work, or even a loving comment on their Facebook wall, because it would out them and get them fired.

This is what goes on because some people are being denied their rights to share sex, love, residence, and marriage. A woman still can’t marry the woman she loves in 13 states in the US. She can in Canada and some other countries, but most countries still deny this freedom to marry. Hopefully, the US will change that as national policy soon. Many victories are happening around the US. In most of the world, a man can’t marry both of the women he loves, despite both women being in favor of such a marriage.

The people in most of these interviews can't have legally recognized marriages anywhere in the world, with perhaps one or two exceptions, and we need full marriage equality before people like Linda, Melissa, and Matthew can tie the knot.

So enjoy Valentine’s Day if you are able, but think for a moment about the people who will only be able to fully enjoy theirs when we have full marriage equality so that an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any and all consenting adults without prosecution, persecution, or discrimination.
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5 comments:

  1. That actually bought a tear to my eye, so Damed sad. So I`d like to say, happy Valentine's day to everyone, for those that can be open, have a wonderful day and don't be shy for showing your love, for the ones that have to celebrate it secretly, enjoy it as much as you can and I know you`'ll make it very special in your own ways. Me, I'll be having a lovely meal with my brother and a big cuddle on the sofa, because even though we can't go public, we know we can cherish the time we get to spend together, love you big bro, xxx

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I hope you are enjoying the day with your bro. You are such a lovely couple and you deserve to be happy!

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    2. My brother and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day together. I am so happy that we have been in this wonderful relationship for so long. I am also happy that there are people like you, Keith, being so supportive of us all and keeping us informed about these things. We must all work to change things in whatever way we can and hope that one day people like us will no longer have to hide and that we will be able to live openly in happiness and love.

      -Liz Smith

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  2. Thanks Keith, Janet, and everybody else. You have no idea how much we all appreciate people like you and are very thankful for what you do. We(half bro and sis) plan on having a relaxed sweet celebration here and lots of cuddles since we can't celebrate openly, or even in front of those who know us. When we are together though it is absolutely amazing and it's all we could ever ask for! We would never trade it away for anything else because anything else would be less than what we have together. :3<---cute face lol

    Thanks once again peeps and happy valentines!<3

    ~Love you sis...~<3~XOXOXO

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    1. That is so sweet of you. Thanks for your comments. Enjoy the day with your sister.

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