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04/15/2011

On jewelry and Maggie Gallagher's lack thereof

by Jeremy Hooper

Here's the thing: I personally don't care if anyone wears a wedding ring or not. Everyone has their own symbols, customs, traditions, or what have you, and there is certainly no demand on funneling marital energy through a pair of metal bands. Obviously.

But here's the other thing: The wedding ring and the ring ceremony is the de facto symbol of the anti-marriage-equality movement. And this is very true for the National Organization For Marriage:

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So is it not fair to ask the question of why the most visible face of NOM and "traditional marriage" itself, Maggie Gallagher, eschews this cherished symbol?

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Speaking only for myself: I haven't removed my ring since June 13, 2009. Doing so would feel weird, both physically and symbolically. It just would, for me, someone whose marriage is routinely written off by both governments and Gallaghers are non-"traditional."

Isn't Maggie's personal choice, while obviously hers to make, a little odd for someone who goes around talking all about marriage being one unchangeable, tradition-steeped thing? And isn't this especially true, when coupled with her maiden name usage? I do.

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*After all, she did wear one in 2001:

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