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06/12/2007

As if we need another: Pride Agenda outlines reasons to defends equality

by Jeremy Hooper

1324 Reasons Cover SmallOur pals at the Empire State Pride Agenda have teamed with the New York City Bar Association to release a new report (pdf) detailing the 1324 rights and duties that are denied to the state's same-sex couples because of marriage inequality (a figure that doesn't include denied federal rights, which are estimate at around 1,138). To find out more, head over to The Agenda and have a read:

1324 Rights [The Agenda]

Though if this document is too weighty for you, but yet you're still trying to decide whether marriage equality is the right thing to support, then just read this instead:

1, 2, 3, 4

Could you read that? Yea? Well good, because in order to support the fair, just, and right concept of same-sex marriage, you really only need to have the mental capacity to count to 4. After all, even a toddler is capable of understanding that you should treat others the way that you yourself would want to be treated. And in fact, it is the learned bias that one acquires in their post toddler years that has kept gay antipathy alive and (un)well for oh so long.

So whether you're an NY local or not, adults, please have a look at the Pride Agenda's report, as it makes a strong legal case for why marriage equality should be allowed. However, if you want to go another step, just shake off all the prejudices and discriminatory rhetoric that have seeped into your conscience over the years, and return your views on humanity back to the way they were when "the Golden rule" and sharing were concepts more valued than "the one man/one woman rule" and disparity! Who knows -- it might actually be FUN to put this ridiculous fight behind us so that we can all move on and discuss REAL societal issues!!

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