The Problems With Marriage Equality…But Why We Should Still Fight for it

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Currently, my girlfriend and I cannot get married. Not that we’re planning our Pinterest pages or anything, but the point is: same-sex marriage is illegal in Australia. Recently a friend shared this video, an ad in support of the „Yes“ vote for the upcoming Irish referendum on same-sex marriage:

What struck me most was the emphasis on „family“ made in the video created by BeLong To youth services, underscored by the tagline „Bring Your Family With You.“ I was torn by this message. While the idea of parents and extended family coming out in support of their lesbian, gay and bisexual relatives is moving (albeit unrealistic for many), it also reinforces the idea that this fight is centrally about maintaining the primacy of the blood-related family in society, which only extends itself via legal marriage.

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