Scot Nakagawa (Why I Support Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not As a Strategy to Achieve Structural Change) caused a stir on the LGBT blogosphere with his criticism of the push for gay marriage as a conservative movement and not an effective way to create radical change.
He is correct that the right to marry is not the end of the fight for LGBT equality, but I think he is wrong to dismiss the fight, and near victory, for gay and lesbian couples to legally marry as a conservative strategy that falls short of true liberation. The freedom to marry is not the only, or the most important, goal for LGBT liberation, but for many gay and lesbian couples it would be a major step forward in achieving civil rights and equality. There are other issues, like economic inequality and job discrimination, that most also be addressed, but it is not accurate to dismiss marriage equality as a conservative strategy and goal that falls short.
Here's a debate on the issue...
Debate: Does Marriage Equality Reinforce a Conservative Institution or Support Social Change?
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
SCOTUS Update: It Doesn't Look Good for DOMA | Common Dreams
By most accounts, the SCOTUS may not issue a sweeping national endorsement of marriage equality, but they are likely to dismiss the Prop. 8 case (thus allowing gay/lesbian marriages to continue to CA), and may strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which the Obama administration refused to defend. So we expect, at the least, for Prop 8 and DOMA to be put to rest in June....
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 this week.
A Wide of Potential Outcomes Possible in Same-Sex Marriage Cases
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announces her support for marriage equality – LGBTQ Nation
Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church bigots got a surprise across the street...
‘Equality House’ moves in across the street from anti-gay Westboro church – LGBTQ Nation