Andrew Sullivan posts about why he is so passionate about gay marriage.
You can feel secure but without civil marriage, you aren’t. So many of us learned this in the plague years – watching de facto spouses denied entrance to hospital rooms, thrown out of shared apartments by the spouse’s family, denied access to the funeral, brutalized by those who never cared for someone until he died. I swore to myself then that this would be my life’s work: to prevent such horror from happening again. We’ve made a start. But as this video shows, we are not close to the end yet. And that churches – churches – should be in the vanguard of brutalizing these people in this way – and justifying it – fills me with oceans of sadness. And grief again.
How can anyone deny basic rights to those in a committed relationship? How is that conservative? How is that just? And how can politicians promote something as meaningless as a gay mardi gras instead of something as meaningful as marriage?