The denial of marriage to gay people is therefore not a minor issue. It is the most profound statement our society can make that homosexual love is simply not as good as heterosexual love; that gay lives and commitments and hopes are simply worth less.
It cuts gay people off not merely from civic respect, but from the rituals and history of their own families and friends.
Smith claims that he did not know of the comments until August around the time that U. Scott Walker, who had also endorsed Rivard, condemned the lawmaker's comments, as did Republican U. Pennie Meyers, interim executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said in a statement that Rivard's comments show people in Wisconsin need to be better educated about sexual violence.'Unfortunately, comments like these are all too common, and an indication of ways in which the culture is generally under educated about what sexual assault is; sexual assault remains an under-reported and under prosecuted crime,' her statement said.
### I can practically hear The National flowing through the car speakers of America’s youth on their way down the highway to the most wholesome way to spend a Friday night. We love our cars and going to the movies is the standard fallback plan every weekend.
The biggest event to happen to the drive-in industry, switching to digital, is advertised on dated websites with glittery backdrops that remind you of an early America Online profile. In its simplicity, affordable tickets bring communities together on sticky summer nights and that’s a rarity today.
No civil institution is related to these deep human experiences more than civil marriage and the exclusion of gay people from this institution was a statement of our core inferiority not just as citizens but as human beings.Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs.”Homosexuality, at its core, is about the emotional connection between two adult human beings.And what public institution is more central—more definitive—of that connection than marriage?I thought the book, at least, would be something I would have to leave behind me – secure in the knowledge that its arguments were, in fact, logically irrefutable, and would endure past my own death, at least somewhere.I never for a millisecond thought I would live to be married myself.This momentous achievement is their victory too – for marriage, as Kennedy argued, endures past death.