Toward marriage equality, and sharing the spotlight
Same-gender marriage rights have occupied an international spotlight for several years. In the United States, which most of us at ModernPoly call home, we await what we hope will be an historic validation of civil liberties. We speak in unison with organized polyamorists everywhere when we call for an end to arbitrary and discriminatory restrictions on couples' access to marriage.
In the midst of this cultural dialogue we and many others have taken up the issue of multi-partner marriage rights. The current issue of the ModernPoly ezine explored polyamorous marriage from several personal, social, and political viewpoints. Precedent is found for families of several loving parents, as well as the longing for greater social acceptance. The case may be made to expand the pool of families eligible for this privileged legal status, or to eliminate it from the purview of the state altogether.
Finally, care is taken to highlight our hardest-hit and recognize our shared risk. We are unequally vulnerable, but equally responsible to each other. We need to have many conversations at once.
The institution of marriage is characterized by a history of dramatic re-imaginings, compared to which gender equality is a modest proposition. More to the point, our (codified!) stigmas toward sex, gender, sexuality, and relating have long outlasted any purpose they might have served. We truly hope that the United States Supreme Court will—this morning or this week—make history, rather than delay it.
About the Author
Cory is a student and instructor ($) of mathematics, skeptical activist, social justice advocate, cyclist, and avid conversationalist living in the New River Valley. He helped start a local poly group in 2011 and has since participated in poly talks, panels, socials, and Freedom To Marry Day. He eagerly awaits the erosion of the asterisk after his state slogan.
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