Marika Malaea

faithful marauder + fake royal

The Human Experience

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Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support. [Civil] marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, [civil] marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition. It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right.’ Without the right to choose to marry, one is excluded from the full range of human experience.

-2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage

And that’s that.

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Written by sn0tteh

November 4, 2009 at 10:02 PM

6 Responses

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  1. Seriously. I can’t believe that we’re even voting on such a thing. Who the fuck are we?

    Jenny

    November 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

  2. If only our federal government felt the same way. *sigh*

    Kate

    November 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

  3. @Jenny “We” are human, and fallible. Also: despicable and nosy.

    sn0tteh

    November 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

  4. @Kate I KNOW. We’re supposed to be so progressive. Ha!

    sn0tteh

    November 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

  5. I went to a commitment ceremony between two women a few months ago.

    The stupid government can call these ceremonies any silly name they want.

    I KNOW it was a marriage ceremony.

    And that’s that.

    ittybittycrazy

    November 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

  6. @ittybittycrazy I like the phrase ‘commitment ceremony’ because it makes me think of vegans covered in mud exchanging sapling rings at dawn. But yeah, it’s also a marriage.

    sn0tteh

    November 10, 2009 at 9:56 PM


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