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Redefining Marriage Equality

May 21, 2012

Are we done yet? Do we have to endure another full day of self-congratulation at Obama’s personal endorsement of same-sex marriage? His announcement was heralded with as much praise as last summer’s legalization of gay marriage in New York. And that was, you know, actual legislation.

This is hardly surprising given the fact that marriage equality is designed to distract liberal consciences and give Democrats political cover to gut social services. While the passage of gay marriage enjoyed the support of prominent campaign donors, it was directly preceded by cuts to homeless shelters for queer youth. It’s a campaign season bait-and-switch — winning votes without making real concessions.

Case in point: Bloomberg commended Obama for joining a legacy of “courageous stands that so many Americans have taken over the years on behalf of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, stretching back to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.” This days after slashing youth homeless shelter funding by $7 million, in a city where 40% of homeless youth are LGBT. […]

The entire article is very much worth reading.

The institution of marriage describes a personal and emotional choice between two individuals. One not everyone chooses nor should choose nor can choose (for reasons other than legal). In as much that we grant social, legal, political and institutional benefits to married people lies the fundamental inequality in marriage.

In other words, the very nature of how marriage is practiced needs to be disrupted. Not the solidifying of marriage privilege by recruiting more members to its continued, unchallenged authority.

[Previous post on marriage here.]

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