The Right of Marriage With Full Benefits For ALL People

Edie WindsorEdie and Thea

Hundreds of years ago, the great orator and abolitionist and former slave, Frederick Douglass said: “The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied its privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of its humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?”

Like all great thinkers, his words reverberate today in 2013 as the highest court in the land considers the right for Gays to enter into marriages with full rights and benefits in all 50 states. According to an October, 2012 Gallup poll, approximately 3.4% of Americans identify themselves as gay or bisexual or transgender.  What I can’t understand is why some people feel their lives are threatened by allowing people to marry whom they want to marry!   It just doesn’t make sense to me! 

I applaud 83 year old Edie Windsor for continuing the long battle in Washington, DC yesterday to gain her full marriage rights after her partner, Thea Speyer, died in 2009. If you haven’t seen the documentary on this remarkable couple, click on: A Very Long Engagement for a trailer.

It’s just so simple: people should marry whom they love.




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