I Would Marry . . .

I would marry the man I love, but we're barred from it.  We're gay.

I'm pagan, so we ARE hand-fasted (committed, for a year and a day, renewable always).

However, the state and nation have chosen NOT to recognize our union legally. 

They DO choose to recognize other religions' marriage rites, and confer rights based on that "married" status.

We must pay a great deal of money to get SOME, but not ALL of the rights and benefits conferred by marriage; we are also legally responsible for MOST of the same responsibilities required by marriage.

I don't wonder why I got married.  I wonder more why I'm not allowed to.

But I don't doubt the validity of our love.

 

Toddtwin2Marcus Toddtwin2Marcus
31-35, M
1 Response Mar 9, 2010

The POINT is that we're already married in heart and mind. <br />
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The POINT is that we are not legally recognized. <br />
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The POINT is that most people don't understand the POINT. <br />
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The POINT is that it DOES need to be legal. <br />
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The POINT is that most straights just don't give a damn and we have to pay the same or more in taxes ("married, but tax at higher single rate") for the "special privileges" that straight, married couples enjoy. <br />
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The POINT is that our government CHOOSES to recognize "approved" religious rites and rewards them with benefits that WE, the outcast, the "unapproved," the "other," the "queer" pay for, both in money and emotional costs.