So What About the Gay People Who Don’t Want to Marry?
The marriage equality movement has changed the face of “gay culture”, and not entirely for the better. “Gay life” might have been derided as tawdry and dangerous by onlookers for decades, but it was also long on fun and short on rules for people who actually participated. Now, when many straight people hear “gay”, they imagine the elderly, sweet-looking Edie Windsor describing her victory over DOMA, or politically aware middle-aged folks in street clothes making it legal with their partners of twenty years at city hall. Nobody (LGBTQ individuals) thought it was okay that we were shut out as a group from the protections and respect of marriage, but some gay people questioned the value of creating an assimilation-oriented public image. What about gay people who don’t want to get married? Are they and their relationships worthy of respect, or will they soon, like their straight friends, discover that only one specific legal designation makes them “really together”?
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