I know, I know, no story structure blogs for a whole week, now – but you don’t get one today or even an explanation, because today I’m calling in gay.
For those who haven’t heard, today is a Day Without A Gay – a nationwide protest over the anti-human rights, anti-civil rights, anti-gay ballot initiatives and movements in California, Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida. Gay and lesbian people and their allies are encouraged to “call in gay”, remove themselves from the workplace, not spend any money today, and rather donate time to human rights issues. The Day Without A Gay website has links to many worthy causes and information on how you can help.
I find it reprehensible and incomprehensible that I could pick up some serial killer off the street and marry him tomorrow because we are “a man and a woman” – while my gay friends who have been in loving, committed relationships for 10, 15, 20 years; who are raising beautiful, beloved children together; are denied that same basic human right. If these people who are trying to restrict marriage want to restrict marriage, why don’t they start by banning it for child molesters and abusers and batterers – people who SHOULDN’T be allowed to marry or get anywhere near children - instead of denying marriage to loving and productive citizens?
For me, marriage is meaningless unless it’s about love, and I won’t enter into that union until this contemptible restriction is lifted. It’s a civil rights issue and it’s a moral issue, but it’s a solvable issue. The legal and social barriers to mixed-race marriage finally fell, and this barrier will, too.
So please, do something for love today. Call in gay.