October 08, 2003
Marriage Protection Week, Oct. 12-18
Proclaimed by W. himself. Because dealing with internal felony-inducing leaks, the Middle East and the sucky economy are not enough.
The legal rights that come with civil marriage should not be limited to heterosexuals. Gays have significant others that they want as their partners for life, and they're taxpayers and voters too. If churches want to dictate and discriminate as to the makeup of religious marriages, that's up to them.
Although I have crossed over and am married now, I think there should be Singleton Protection Week. Do you know, Mr. President, how humiliating it is to be a single woman or man surrounded by couples when you go to a dinner party? The marrieds grill you on your love life, seeking vicarious thrills through your romantic travails and ask deeply personal questions and point out how you're not getting any younger. Then they wax rhapsodic about their couple-y activities - having babies, buying a house, going on a second honeymoon even though it's only been a few years since the first one - and sighing happily, smugly, that in spite of all that's going so well for them and keeping them so busy, they still have time to hold each other's hands and coo gooily to each other in public, proclaiming to the world just how much they are still in love. And then they look at you blankly as you (for the most part) honestly declare that your life is quite fulfilling even though you don't happen to have a significant other at the moment.
Can you not see, Mr. President, the plight that singles suffer? In addition to Singles Protection Week, there should be Relationship Promotion Week. For the most part, people don't want to be single, but it's awfully hard to find The One. Perhaps a week of awareness might help in that regard. Every week would be even better.