Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Same Sex Schiavo

As awful as the spectacle around Terri Schiavo's end of life has become, imagine the situation for a same sex couple.

My kids and I were walking to the Muni (subway/streetcar system) after the anti-war march in San Francisco. Walking down Market Street, we came upon a large ad for an exhibit of wedding photos from San Francisco's same sex marriages. As it happened, one of the two women in the picture was an old activist friend of mine from college. Ironically enough, we had gone to a peace march that ended at the same place at Civic Center during the first Gulf War. A large group of us had stayed up all night driving from San Diego to San Francisco and we all walked back to the subway and slept on the ride back to Berkeley where we had met others and left some vehicles.

I sent her an email just to share the coincidence. She is very involved in Marriage Equality CA, and was somewhat apologetic about being out of town to work on marriage equality issues and missing the demonstration.

The Schiavo situation should remind us that marriage equality is a fundamental life and death struggle for dignity. It is all one struggle. We all come from one place and will eventually return.(Call it God or call it entropy or call it the ground of being or what have you) And anything that attempts to divide us, or opppress some of us, violates all that is whole or holy. It is our birthright that we deserve to live with dignity and to die with dignity. And we all have a role to play in making a world where this is so.

Act Up. Fight Back. Never be silent again.
"The more I use my voice, the less it matters that I am afraid" Audre Lorde


At 2:24 AM, Blogger Chalicechick said...

It is sort of queer to see the Republicans, who were so into the sanctitiy of heterosexual marraige so recently, suddenly be downplaying it.


At 7:11 PM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

How could killing some one by dehydration be in anyway dignified?

Schiavo had nothing to do with marriage gay or otherwise.

Jesse Jackson said killing her would have been illegal in Florida if Schiavo were a dog regardless of the dog's relationship to anyone.

Even euthanisia advocates with their Gronningen doctrine would have done better by this poor woman.


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