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queer people are everywhere!

As many of you already know, as part of our wedding ceremony we're going to have the officiant read from the Massachusetts court decision on gay marriage, Goodridge v. Dept. of Health.:

Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations....Without question, civil marriage enhances the "welfare of the community." It is a "social institution of the highest importance." It is central to the way the Commonwealth identifies individuals, provides for the orderly distribution of property, ensures that children and adults are cared for and supported whenever possible from private rather than public funds, and tracks important epidemiological and demographic data....Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family.... Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition....It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a "civil right."

At work I was putting together the program for the ceremony, and one of my co-workers, not the most liberal person around, looked at it and said that was really cool. Then he started telling me about how his brother had married his partner in Massachusetts and all the stuff he'd had to go through to do it (he had to resign from the military first or they'd kick him out and deny him his pension!)

We all need to remember that gay rights and gay marriage are not just liberal causes. They effect all sorts of people from all different backgrounds. Queer people aren't all either born to liberal families or break all contact with their conservative relatives. Many have at least quiet support and/or acceptance from their families, whatever their beliefs are otherwise.

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