I’ve been thinking for a while that this is probably the more important action to take in the struggle for equality. I’ve been sort of annoyed about how the whole marriage thing has taken off and turned into a gigantic snowball headed straight for the White House. I know it’s important, and I even went to one of the protests back in November, but I think I was only half-hearted in my support.
Part of that has to do with my skepticism about marriage in general (and my growing tendency to believe that it shouldn’t actually be a legal status, but rather a private one), but mostly it has to do with my belief that we shouldn’t be offering protections to the public that we can’t offer to the military. And how can queer members of the military take advantage of same-sex marriage when they can’t even be open about their lives? Sure they could get married, but they wouldn’t be able to take advantage of many of the rights afforded by that marriage.
So this is promising. Thank you, Obama. Please don’t let us down.