The Skinny in Edinburgh asked me to write a short piece on marriage (no, my dear, you're not the only one), and here's how it starts:
My mother, a straight white woman in her early sixties, recently moved to a newly gentrified area of Washington, DC. The formerly black neighborhood is filled with young white professionals, and my mother's building is heavily populated by wealthy gay men. Not surprisingly, the busy pavement is a popular spot for canvassers. The other day, my mother encountered a smiling gay man inquiring, "Are you interested in gay rights?" When she stopped, he asked her to support gay marriage with a financial contribution.
My mother told him she believed gay people should have the same rights as straight people - hospital visitation, tax breaks, inheritance rights, healthcare, and the rest - but she didn't think this should only happen through marriage. The canvasser explained that marriage would help gay people to become part of the mainstream. My mother asked: what about gay people who aren't mainstream?
Read the rest here.