“The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.”
This was a quote used in the program book for the huge annual celebration given by National Center for Lesbian Rights. In a room full of Q and non-Q people the victorious plaintiffs (that would be me) and attorneys in the case against the State of California about a thousand people cheered our right to marry. I cheered too, thinking of Emma Goldman's speeches for human rights.
I'm not one of those folks who thinks marriage is for everyone. And I still have my arguments about it as an institution that has been used to oppress women specifically and people with lower economics means in general. I do, however, feel like I've said many times before: Black and White Freedom Riders didn't sit in at the counter at Woolworth's in the 1960s because the food was good! It was about the right to choose.
Like with our bodies it's true of ourselves!!! We have to have the right to choose to marry or not. If we don't have that right how can anyone say we are all equal under the law! And marriage is a legal contract first.
Does that discrimination mean someone gets to decide my books should not be published because there are people of color in them? Because there are lesbians in them? Some have tried that before (see the prohibitions against lesbian subject matter on Broadway, see the impounding of queer books by US customs over the past 25 years)!
Writers, if no one else, should listen to our conscience and support equal rights. Because if we allow some groups to be banned, discrimnated against, criminalized, demonized we know how easily it happens to the next group and the next
And they always come for the writers.