Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stop Erasing Us

1. "Gay and lesbian" is not synonymous with "LGBT." They are not the same thing. Queer and trans issues affect other people besides homosexuals. If you say "LGBT" and then use "lesbian and gay" interchangeably for the acronym, you look like someone who doesn't know what they are talking about.

2. Our marriages are not "gay." They are marriages.

3. Marriage equality (and any other LGBTQIA issue) does not only apply to gay people. Every time you talk about marriage law as if it only applies to gays, it erases people like me who are not gay and who still don't have access to fully equal relationships under the law.

1 comment:

Adam said...

I strong agree. .The future of marriage looks, in one way, a lot like its past. People will continue to unite, form families, have children, and, sometimes, split up. What the Constitution dictates, however, is that whatever the state decides to do in this area will be done on a basis of equality. Government cannot exclude any group of citizens from the civil benefits or the expressive dignities of marriage without a compelling public interest. The full inclusion of same-sex couples is in one sense a large change, just as official recognition of interracial marriage was a large change, and just as the full inclusion of women and African Americans as voters and citizens was a large change.