sunday #5

Sisters. Dyke March Fundraiser. Chicago, Illinois.

Did you read today’s Op-Ed about boycotting straight weddings? You should. If I had thought about it in the way presented,The Mister and I may have approached things differently.

How utterly absurd to celebrate an institution that I am banned from in most of the country. It puzzles me, truth be told, that wedding invitations deluge me. Does a vegan frequent summer pig roasts? Do devout evangelicals crash couple-swapping parties? Do undocumented immigrants march in Minuteman rallies?

Rich Benjamin, Not Going to the Chapel

Have a great Sunday night.

I call on all gay people to join my boycott of straight weddings this summer, regardless of where their straight loved ones stand. Yes, our boycott may bruise some feelings. But then again, our inability to participate in this institution is hurtful and bruising, too.

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4 responses to “sunday #5

  1. I don’t understand the analogy of the vegan and the pig roast – vegans are vegans by choice and are not fighting to able to roast their own pig. The writer of that article is fighting for same-sex marriage, and by boycotting straight weddings is showing disdain of an institution he wants to be allowed to particpate in. The straight friends’ whose wedding he is boycotting have no influence on politicians’ deicisions, nor is the curretn state of affairs their fault. This seems to be a misplaced and invisible protest – it will not impact legislature at all.
    I am privileged to live in a country where same-sex marriage has been legal for several years.

    • I don’t think the author is showing disdain for weddings; he simply doesn’t want to be present at one knowing that right now it isn’t something he can legally partake in. While it’s a radical approach that, as you mentioned, will not change any laws and may piss some friends off in the process, I can understand and appreciate where he is coming from.

  2. While I understand where the person is coming from, I totally disagree. Your friend/family members has invited you to share in a special part of their life. It’s not the place/time to be political. You aren’t celebrating an institution, you are celebrating people.

    • But aren’t we celebrating an institution? Why get married otherwise? Why not just have a ceremony professing our love for our partners in front of our family and friends and being done with it? Why the legal stuff? Because it is an institution. One that a huge chunk of our population cannot join us in.

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