First, watch this:
Next, let’s discuss.
I teared up as I watched this, just as I teared up when watching a slideshow of wedding photos when same-sex marriage was first legalized in Massachusetts almost five years ago. When I was done wiping my eyes, I had to wonder–who are the people watching this video who don’t have that reaction?
What is truly at stake for those who oppose same-sex marriage? Or the right to change legal documentation? Or non-discrimination laws?
I must be missing something big here, because I simply cannot understand how someone who believes in the supposed “sanctity of marriage” would support tearing apart families. I don’t see how my right–currently protected in the state where I live, thank dog–to marry the woman I love could ever hurt anyone. What I do see is that when we decide to get married, a bunch of people are going to buy plane tickets to come see us. We’re going to buy a crapload of food, and pay for a nice place to sit around and drink good wine, and buy nice new clothes. In other words, we would be stimulating our ailing economy.
I’m sure more people have made this argument more eloquently than I have. But economics shouldn’t even be the argument, although I’m happy to make it if that’s what it takes to convince some people. The real argument is that we are people of worth and value, and the pursuit of happiness was written into the Constitution as our basic right, too. And by “argument,” I actually mean “truth.”