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Saturday, February 13, 2016

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. In the US last June, the Supreme Court brought about the limited monogamous same-gender freedom to marry nationwide, which was a great step forward. Other victories for that freedom to marry since February 14, 2015 have included...

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. ...February 24, 2015
Pitcairn Islands ...May 14, 2015
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians ...May 15, 2015
Guam ...June 9, 2015
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin ...June 10, 2015
Chihuahua ...June 12, 2015
Ireland ...November 16, 2015
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon ...November 18, 2015
Nayarit ...December 23, 2015
Oglala Sioux Tribe ...January 25, 2016 Greenland will be coming online April 1.


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. Help make it happen sooner rather than later.

Do you have special plans? Or, if you're reading this after Valentine's Day, do you have anything special to report? If so, comment below. Remember, you can comment anonymously.
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1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful... it really should make people think about everyone who isn't free to love who they love, and perhaps re-assess their attitudes.

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