Paul Melchert, MD and his 3 year old son Emmett, really shine in this video, which was taken at a St. Paul, Minnesota marriage equality press conference. Dr. Melchert refers to his partner James Zimmerman, as his husband. I wonder what state they were married in, as Minnesota doesn’t allow same-sex marriage currently. Regardless, it doesn’t take anything away from the video.
While watching the video I laughed, and I smiled, and and I thought that the video is one more reason out of many, why marriage equality should be the law of the land.
For many people, marriage is the natural progression in a romantic relationship. You meet someone, you date each other, you fall in love, and you express your undying love for each other.
There are some couples that get engaged, and they marry if their state allows it. Others decide to go to city hall and register as domestic partners, which entails completing a form, and visiting a notary public.
There are a few states where you can validate your relationship by joining together in a civil union, or “marriage light.”
The LGBT community consists of more than 50 shades of gay, and there are lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered individuals who refuse to embrace the hetero-normative marriage movement. That doesn’t diminish their love, or invalidate their relationships.
There are tons of reasons why marriage equality should be the law of the land, though I personally don’t think that any single reason trumps another. In a country that promises that we are all created equally, full marriage equality is a natural progression in our struggle for civil rights.
After we achieve full marriage equality, we can focus our attention on the employment non-discrimination act, because it would be horrible if you could marry the partner of your choice and then be fired for making that choice. It would be absolutely horrible.
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