Bil Browning

Harry Potter Fan Club Issues Statement of Support for Marriage Equality

Filed By Bil Browning | March 28, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Harry Potter fan club, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Following in the footsteps of US Senators of both stripes, the Harry Potter Alliance has issued a statement of support for marriage equality. dumbledore-marriage.jpgIt is, of course, magical.

Harry Potter's eleven years living in a cupboard for his identity as a Wizard reminds us that no one should have to live inside of a closet for their identity. Dumbledore, and we as readers, understand with great sympathy those like Hagrid a half-giant and Lupin a werewolf, struggling to live in the closet because of their identity. Dumbledore allows for them to come to Hogwarts despite the objections of those who know of their identities - in the HPA we have spent years working to create an environment where those still living in and out of the closet because of their sexual orientation will not be legally subjected to existential intolerance and irrational prejudice.

In Half-Blood Prince page 624, when in the middle of discussing the prospect of a marriage that would challenge the status quo's "perfectly normal thank you very much" definition of "marriage" McGonagall says, "Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world."

I think we all know deep down that one of the reasons Harry Potter is so popular is because it artfully conveys a message that is so very needed at this time - that the forces of fear, intolerance, and hatred come and go but they are no match for the power of love.
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In the words of the greatest Wizard in the world, "Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open." Let our hearts remain open and our aims be for a world where we all have that very basic right to be human.

And in the words of Harry and the Potters and the Harry Potter Alliance, "The Weapon We Have Is Love."

Go read the whole thing.


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