My favorite line in Frank Bruni’s column in the Times today about same-sex marriage is this: It is the future.
That reality is what keeps me optimist. We’re still in a one-step-forward, two-steps-back pattern, but that will change. Frank points out why: In a Gallup poll, 70 percent of people in the 18-to34 age range favored same-sex marriage, while only 39 percent of people 55 and older did. Seventy percent? Wow.
Lina and I are a great example of the absurdity of our marriage laws. As a same-sex couple, our marriage rights are threatened even though we are the same people we were when we were married in 2004 as man and woman. (To the best of my knowledge, our marriage remains intact unless it’s legally challenged.)
Another great piece in the Times today tackles workplace discrimination and urges President Obama to make nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity a requirement for doing business with the American public. Not only am I happy to see this in general, but a decade (five years?) ago, I’m pretty sure gender identity wouldn’t have been a part of this rallying cry.
This, too, is the future. Long live the future!