I love what I do because I know, personally and professionally, how important love is to all of us.Â Research is showing, more and more, how vital a healthy, happy love relationship is to a person’s quality of life.Â This is all the more reason it’s important to fight for our relationship rights.Â We deserve to have access to the experience of marriage, which is an opportunity unlike any other for finding the ultimate romantic fulfillment.
Yes, people like to joke about the fervor with which many gays and lesbians wish to be married.Â Straight comedians like to say, ‘I’m for gay marriage – Why not let gays and lesbians have all the hassle of marriage too!?!’.Â Well, they have a point, but, ultimately they are speaking from a much different perspective from which I come: they’ve never NOT had the right to marry who they want to marry.Â Big difference!
People who don’t ‘get’ it also don’t get that it’s NOT just about our individual rights.Â When a person is able to freely pursue their happiness fully, the entire society benefits.Â People who are fully supported with a caring, loving relationship at home are more likely to be productive at work, use less health care, contribute positively to other relationships and their communities, etc.
I want to be as vocal and confident as Dan Choi is (as he talks about military matters) when it comes to telling society to drop the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude towards our right to love.Â How about you?