Here in Indiana it wasn't any of the leading LGBT organizations that pushed for gay marriage, but the Indiana Civil Liberties Union that instigated the lawsuit to legalize same-sex civil marriage. However, most national organizations now include gay marriage as part of the basics of LGBT organizing. But do we focus too much attention on marriage? Have other portions of our demographic been ignored?
I must admit that I think a lot of our focus on gay marriage is simply facile. It's entirely stupid to put the cart before the horse. When I weigh marriage for a few as versus discrimination protections for all, I'll fall on the side that benefits the most people. We have to have the right to keep our jobs and homes before we demand tax breaks and insurance for our spouses...
What are your thoughts?
While the document supports efforts to secure marriage equality for LGBT couples, it also states that "marriage is not the only worthy form of family or relationship, and it should not be legally and economically privileged above all others".
The signers say that "the struggle for marriage rights should be part of a larger effort to strengthen the stability and security of diverse households and families".
The document, called "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships" says that the focus on gay marriage often leaves out senior gays, single parents and extended families.
It advocates for a flexible set of economic benefits and options, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender/gender identity, class, or citizenship status.