basically gay marriage should be legal but it’s basically the least pressing queer issue there is. coincidentally it’s the one that allies care most about. haha ok come back to me when you care about the rates of homelessness and violence and suicide among queer youth
Ok, I begin this paragraph with the knowledge that I am treading on dangerous waters here. But, the reason I think that gay marraige being legalized is of paramount importance has nothing to do with actually being able to get married.
Let’s face it, we can’t regulate the amount of homelessness and violence and suicide among gay youth. We can pass all the anti-discrimination laws and put in strict punishments for gay bashing and provide youth shelters and all that, and that’s helpful, but it’s not enough.
The problem is rooted in the culture. The culture, right now, is still saying “it is not ok to be gay,” and this is why it is still so likely that a gay teen will be kicked out of their house or bullied or both.
What we need to do is change the culture- and that means doing more than putting a sassy gay man into every other rom-com that comes out this year.
It means saying, on a legal basis, that gay people, trans people, people of every orientation and gender identification are equal in the eyes of the law.
And as long as the law is saying that they are unequal, the society will continue to view them as unequal.
And that is why gay marriage matters.