Bil Browning

It's Not 'Gay Marriage' [What You Need to Know]

Filed By Bil Browning | April 11, 2012 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Freedom to Marry, gay marriage, hacker attack, Harris County Democratic Party, Keryl Douglas, Lane Lewis, Maine, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, Nevada, NOM, North Carolina, same-sex marriage, trans community

not-gay-marriage.jpegOne of the most interesting facets of the fight for LGBT equality has always been the linguistic connections to how people interpret our struggle. The right wing coined the term "gay marriage" and we readily adopted it until - as this graphic points out - it became obvious that it was meant to "other" our relationships. "Gay marriage" is obviously different from "real marriage" since it had to have a modifier. Then the recommended term switched to "marriage equality," to help guide folks to the idea that everyone should have an equal opportunity to get married. Years of research and polling have now proven that term useless since most people think it refers to sexism and equality within a marriage of straight couples. The new phrase is "freedom to marry" which generates high approval ratings; what red-blooded American doesn't love freedom?

So what else should you know other than the current marriage talking points? Here you go:


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