In an unrelated topic, I’m also a believer (and have been) in gay marriage, the topic of the week in DC as the Supreme Court takes on two cases on the topic.
I congratulate U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on his change of mind on the topic. Folks say he changed because his son is gay. I think he changed not because his son is gay but because with his son being gay, he focused more on the righteousness of changing his position – he could relate to it. It literally brought it home. He could see the harm it does to same-sex couples, who want the law to acknowledge they have the same rights as the rest of us; the same right to being happy and in a committed relationship. More importantly, he could see the joy it could bring.
I know a couple – a man and a woman – who got married for similar
reasons: without the marriage certificate one spouse had no say in the other
spouse’s health care, had no claim on savings they both had earned, had no
right to the other’s pension, or health benefits, or to live in the house they
shared if the other should pass away, or many other things.
Did love have something to do with it? Of course. But you can love and not be married. You have to be married to have rights, though.