With California's Prop 8 banning same-sex marriage, what's next?

Friday, November 07, 2008

This week, California voters passed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that amends the state's constitution to explicitly remove the court-approved right of same-sex couples to marry. Florida and Arizona passed similar measures. Where does the movement to legalize same-sex marriage go from here? Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out Magazine, outlines possible next steps.


Aaron Hicklin

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Peter Cascio

Gay & Merry: a suggestion

Your guest on November 7, Aaron Hicklin, voiced clearly the gross injustice of California's Proposition 8 along with other states' constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. I share his frustration, but also his optimism that same-sex marriage in this country is inevitable.

Many proclaim their support for civil unions, calling them equal to marriage in every way except in name. But until marriage, the proclamation of love and commitment between two people, is available to all people, same-sex civil unions—or any other ritual of a couple’s choosing—can be known as “merriage,” with an "e."

It’s a vow with just a vowel’s difference. Eventually, if enough people proclaim their merriage (with an "e"), the term—and act—will become indistinguishable from the original. Then, hopefully, everyone will realize it isn't any different at all.

Dec. 01 2008 01:48 AM

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