Bil Browning

Gay marriage vs marriage equality

Filed By Bil Browning | August 24, 2009 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, You Gotta See This
Tags: Freedom to Marry, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Does it matter whether we call it "gay marriage," "same-sex marriage," or "marriage equality?" The folks at Freedom to Marry offer up a list of reasons why we should nix the first two from our vocabulary. What do you think? Does it make a difference?


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Yes, let's use semantics to assimilate even more!

Oh, please, Eric. Whether marriage for gay people is "assimilating" or not is a separate question from the one proposed. Marriage equality is the most apt description of what people are pushing for -- the equal right to marry someone of the same sex/gender as someone of the opposite sex/gender. Individual marriages might be or seem "gayer" than others, but the legal right is the same. And it does matter -- the "gay marriage" and "same-sex marriage" play into the idea that people are seeking "special" rights -- sometimes, we might seek "special" rights, whatever that means. But in this case, the rights are special. They're the same.

robin tyler | August 25, 2009 9:58 AM

There is no such thing as ´gay´marriage. Just like there is no such thing as a gay birth certificate, a gay death certificate, a gay
driver´s license. The ability to apply for a civil marriage license, and to receive one, does not create a separate institution called ´gay marriage.´ We simply want the right to obtain an
existing license called marriage. The radical right always says gay marriage, as if we are somehow going to create a separate catagory.
We, same sex couples, just want the civil right to marriage between consenting, non-related, adults. We want marriage equality, the right to get married should we choose to do so.
Robin Tyler, plaintiff
Tyler vs County of Los Angeles
Tyler vs State of California

marriage equality is important, and it's important to use that term b/c not everyone in the community is gay. Bisexual, pansexual, intersex, transgender people, and others are fighting for this too, and deserve to be included.