I was moved by the stories I read and encourage you to read them ... but the one I want to share here is Liam's ... who writes:
This movement has never been about the freedom to marry for myself; I can marry the woman I love someday. I am, however, part of the queer community—my Mom and her partner Nellie have been my model for a healthy, committed relationship for 25 of my 26 years on this planet.
My Mom is from Oakland originally, but I grew up in British Columbia, and got involved with the movement for the freedom to marry in Seattle in 2004. I couldn’t stand the way the conversation was being played out in the media and by people around me, particularly in the way it related to families like mine. I heard people who were reluctant to support marriage for my parents, allude to me as damaged goods. Everywhere, I saw families like mine discussed as a hypothetical moral issue, not as real people who deserve respect and support.
Read the rest of Liam's story here, and:
- give thanks for the witness of kids who "get it" ...
- give thanks for mothers like his who are raising children with the family values of love and tolerance ...
- and consider "bookmarking" Liam's story -- and the next time someone asks you, in regard to marriage equality, "But what about the children?"
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYONE!