Edward Fox

Marriage Myths II

Filed By Edward Fox | June 18, 2006 2:06 AM | comments

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It is a gay issue:

The issue of whether America means what it says: that no state may deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, is not a gay issue. While it is obvious that the present chapter in the struggle to realize the revolutionary project that is the United States concerns the equality of TBGL folk, and they are the focus of the animus that drives the vicious politics we suffer today, other citizens do not need the encouragement or permission of the TBLG community to demand that their politicians support equality for everyone, without exception. In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court held: "To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis . . ., is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law." [emphasis added] Citizens repudiate discrimination, not as a favor to the LTBG community, but in their own self interest.

In Animal Farm George Orwell wrote "All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others." We chuckle with easy smugness: his target was the Soviets, not us. Now the Soviets are gone and today it is Americans who are dedicated to depriving the word "equal" of any meaning, so that they may proclaim their self-satisfied superiority over their neighbor. The proposition is so obvious that we can overlook it, but it is fundamental: where there is inequality, there is no equality.

Thus it matters not whether the BTGL community has taken a position on the matter; any American should be outraged at the proposed travesty, and feel threatened in their own person.

In any case, whether gays and lesbians support the cause and agree with it, or not; whether they want to get married, or oppose the institution in whole, or in part, it matters not; each American is responsible to himself for what he does to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.


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IMO, the debate over marriage equality is a LGBT issue. To say otherwise would seem to disassociate and marginalize LGBT struggles for equality from all the other groups fighting, past and present, for their own equality.

Without question, I agree that other citizens do not need encouragement or permission from the LGBT community to demand that politicians support equality for everyone. However, demanding that others, including politicians, come out on our behalf without also demanding the same position from every self sufficient LGBT person is hypocritical. The Orwell quote, ?All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,? is about the hypocrisy of double standards.

Yes, each American is responsible to himself for what he does to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution but it certainly does not end with that. Many also know we are accountable to each other. Here?s a link to an interesting group advocating this idea:
http://knowthyneighbor.org/index.html

I do not see how noticing the commonality between this marriage debate and previous ones "marginalize[s]" BLTG struggles. It seems to me, it places them in the center of the common struggle.

I do not really disagree with you, but I want to make a point. My demand of citizens does not discriminate against BLTGs, in my view they are part and parcel of "citizens". That seems to be the very point.

Orwell was not making general feel good statements. The quotation was very specifially about Soviet commisars and their destruction of language. I am sure that he opposed the hypocrisy of double standards, but that is not the focus of this passage.

I very much appreciate your insightful comments and interest. Thank you.

Marla R. Stevens | July 14, 2006 7:37 PM

Well put, Ed, and well responded both. The majority holds the power in the equation and, by rights, right is right and it is in everyone's best interest to see that right theory is met with right practice but it's also a simple human truth that you don't get what you don't ask for.