Saturday, September 13, 2014
The pain of bigotry
It happened this week.
A same-sex marriage was recognized in Arizona.
In the form of a death certificate.
Of course the state of Arizona needed a little nudging from a federal judge.
I can only imagine what Fred McQuire was feeling as he picked up the accurate death certificate recognizing his marriage to his late husband, George Martinez.
Fred and George had been together 45 years.
What's all the fuss in denying couples marriage? What's the hurry? We should wait and think this through and see what the real harm will be?
The reason this was important, aside from being the right and just thing, was that now Fred can receive Social Security benefits and veteran benefits.
Bigotry continues to inflict pain on couples all over the U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court has said that they will look at some state marriage equality decisions this month.
Meanwhile, many couple, like Mike and I, just wait. Although our marriage is legal in many states, it is not legal where we live.
So we will keep fighting. We will keep demanding equal marriage, and I personally will call attention to those in political power who continually fight against marriage equality.
Thanks for reading.