Some craziness, some joy
I’ve heard some interesting stories lately about the complications that are arising because same-sex marriages are recognized in Canada and Massachusetts, but not the rest of the US.
- Yankee T is frustrated because she can’t enjoy any of the benefits of marriage, but has to report her partner’s income for financial aid purposes.
- Shannon wonders what to say when asked if she’s married. By a hostile insurance company.
- And Dana reports a surprisingly inclusive response from USAA, of all organizations.
My dad got a letter to the editor published in the NY Times last week, in which he makes the argument that government should get out of the marriage business entirely. As I wrote when Shannon made a similar argument last year, I think it’s an elegant solution in theory, but think that there are circumstances where government does need to treat two people who have made a family together differently from roommates. So whether you call it marriage or not, the problem still exists.
But there is a power to the word "marriage" and to the legal piece of paper. My friend Kristie put her wedding on YouTube. The video is about a minute long, and makes me cry.
Freedom to Marry has an ad campaign out celebrating the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia. 40 years from now, will the current mishmash of laws seem as bizarre as Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage does now?