Monday, November 22, 2010

Why marriage matters

I hadn’t intended to make today “Marriage Equality Day” at the AmeriNZ Blog, but I may as well go with it.

This video from the American Civil Liberties Union shows why full marriage equality matters—not just the right to get married, but also for the federal government to recognise it. Edith "Edie" Windsor talks about her marriage to her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer. Her government screwed her over, but she’s fighting back. I admire her courage and strength, and also the ACLU for fighting for her—and for all married same sex couples in the US, and those who’d like to be.

As an aside, the ACLU posted this underneath the video on their site:

“Please note that by playing this clip YouTube and Google will place a long-term cookie on your computer. Please see YouTube's privacy statement on their website and Google's privacy statement on theirs to learn more. To view the ACLU's privacy statement, click here.”

I wonder how many bloggers have ever even thought about that, much less warned their visitors. Consider yourself warned, I guess.

Tip o’ the Hat for the video link to Roger Green.


Roger Owen Green said...

Ironically, TIME magazine has a cover story this week about whether male/female marriage still matters.

Love that ACLU warning! And that video, I must say, made me just a little verklempt.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

I certainly admire Edie. She has more courage than some folks a fraction of her age. So I get what you mean about it.

I thought I might adapt that warning for my own purposes.