Why Is Same-Sex Marriage a Priority?

8 08 2010

I know I’ve mentioned here before that I get frustrated by the emphasis on marriage and the military in the gay rights movement, two issues that don’t really matter to me personally and in some ways seem less important than other issues (like decriminalization of sodomy around the world, like HIV prevention, like hate crimes prevention, like non-discrimination laws). But aside from that, I was just wondering, why marriage? Obviously it’s an important institution in our society, but I find it interesting that it happens to be the marker of how the gay rights movement is progressing around the world. A lot of countries in Latin America, for example, have really impressive laws about hate crimes and non-discrimination, but that doesn’t get emphasized in the news at all, while a new country getting same-sex marriage is automatically a big deal.

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8 08 2010
Momo

You know, I never really thought about the other rights that we have not been granted. I always thought that as more and more people came to know and accept gays that the other rights would just fall into place, but now I realize that we need a lot of help from the government and interest groups to spread awareness and make change happen. But I am glad that the constitution has been doing it’s job. Slowly but surely.

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