I got an email the other day from my fanastic brother The Fairy King. ¨Hey, sis,¨ he said. ¨I was fiddling around on YouTube the other day and I found this video. It was very moving to me (for obvious reasons, which will be revealed when you watch said video) and i was thinking that maybe you might be able to work a blog post around it or something, help get it out there and everything.... Thanks!! Love you, and hope i talk to you soon! Your fiendishly slavishly loving adoring brother, The Fairy King."
With pleasure, my dear. With pleasure.
The following video is moving; I definitely misted up, and I hope you can take a moment to watch this, send it along to a friend, do something to spread familiarity, affection, and care for the thousands of people whose lives are affected by Prop 8 movements out in California. To sum up for those unaware of what's going on here, California legalized same-sex marriage a year or so ago, and thousands of people rushed to the altar to cement what were for many of them relationships of very long standing. Conservative elements, however, were less-than-pleased and put a proposition on the ballot last November (Prop 8) that would reverse the legalization of gay marriage. It passed, and it is now once more illegal for homosexual couples to marry in California. Ken Starr, that morally upright bastion of American culture, is now lobbying to have all the marriages celebrated before Prop 8 passed be automatically "divorced" by the state of California.
You know, I've got a lot of dreams about what kind of world I'd like to live in. Some are big ones (peace, an end to domestic violence, adequate health care for all), and some are small (enough bees to make honey, a perfect blend in quantities of ice cream to topping in every pint of ice cream, a resurgence of the great American Chestnut tree). One of the changes I hope to see, one of the changes that will very directly impact people I love more than anything, is to arrive at a place where discussions about whether loving gay couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples sound not only antiquated, but also asinine. The Fairy King and Sweet Baby Face are closing in on 10 years together. They own a home, they pay their taxes, they work hard on keeping their relationship strong and stable, and they love each other deeply. Yet they are not allowed to stand up before God and family and the U.S. government and cement that relationship, to offer each other the legal protections any heterosexual couple is allowed. I, on the other hand, by the simple expedient of preferring the opposite sex, could get married tomorrow to a man I met today, divorce him the next day, and marry somebody else next Tuesday. Something is deeply wrong with a system that would not allow my brother and his partner to get married, but would buy me a blender and new silverware for doing the deed with a guy I barely know, and I hope that one day that changes. Please watch the video. And if you're sufficiently moved, click here, and this link will take you to a petition you can sign to defeat the movement to divorce gay couples in California.