03/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Palin Admits Marriage is a "Business Contract," So Why Can't Same-Sex Couples Do Business?

Today kicks off Freedom to Marry Week, where LGBTQ+A bloggers will be writing about the the freedom to marry, and supporters of marriage equality have found an unlikely ally in Sarah Palin who said in a her recent interview with Esquire :

[T]here are definitely gonna be tough parts in marriage. You have to look at those tough times and remember that you have essentially a business contract with this person. You've signed an agreement: You're going to be together. And you look at it that way as you work through the tough times, because I guarantee the better time is there on the other side. That's how we've looked at it.

Yup, Palin, that brassy bastion of conservative value, just said marriage is a business contract. She didn't say "a business contract between a man and a woman," either.

Denying a class of people the right to enter into a business relationship is discriminatory. It's time those opposed to same-sex marriage drop their precious word association and realize that there should be one piece of paper that grants the same rights across the board to all adults.

For more of my essay on marriage as a civil contract, click here

Lisa Derrick is La Figa at

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