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posted Friday, February 24, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 08
Whitewashing Gay History
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Liberals applaud themselves for championing gay marriage. But there are ghosts at the weddings.

When the news came last June that the New York State Senate had voted to legalize same-sex marriage, I was at a dinner party that felt like New Year's Eve, only with genuine emotions. Everyone at the table, straight, gay, young, old was elated. Later, as my wife and I headed home past an Empire State Building ablaze in the rainbow colors of Pride Week, we were still euphoric at having witnessed one of those rare nights when history is made. Same-sex-marriage adversaries constantly proclaim that gay unions threaten 'traditional' marriage. But in truth, it's a boon to discover that a right you've taken for granted is so treasured by others that they'll fight to get their fair share of its rewards and its trials.

Fran Lebowitz is correct to remind us that not all gay people (any more than all straight people) are beating down the doors to what she calls 'the two most confining institutions on the planet, marriage and the military.' But for those who have been, the dawning of marital equality and the demise of 'don't ask, don't tell' are twin peaks in the checkered cavalcade of American social justice.

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