I have decided I don't need a contract to declare or define my relationship. I understand and respect that others see it as more than that, but right now I am not interested. But I deserve the right to make that choice for myself and not have someone else make it for me.
There has been much talk about a potential backlash against President Barack Obama for his endorsement of gay marriage. But we also can't discount the possibility of what I call "whiplash" -- which is the president's support causing many people to fundamentally rethink this issue.
This is an important election and the American people will give voice to their vision of the future. Marriage equality will be but a sidebar, a small part of the panoply of issues that will foretell how American's want their nation to look in the next 50 years.
We were told by the Democratic strategists and the campaign pollsters, the Democratic establishment, that coming out for marriage equality would be harmful to the president. But the opposite has happened.
The ancient Romans mastered the art of appeasing a restless populace through spectacle. With the president's announcement regarding marriage, Americans are seeing panem et circenses, "bread and circuses," in action, when what we really need are jobs.
A terrified gay teenager in middle America has just been told by the president that he or she has just as much a right to love and marry. And that teenager doesn't care about your intellectual meanderings of politicking. All that teenager knows is that it just got better.
LGBTQ activists of African descent have pondered what would be the catalyst to rally those African-American Christian ministers to support same-sex marriage and engage the black community in a nationwide discussion. The answer arrived in President Obama.
Black people have a large gay community, many of whom are less and less willing to hide and deny who they are. Their confidence is challenging the black community to embrace and acknowledge what has largely been swept under the rug.
Should we count Obama's sort of stunning, sort of overdue, sort of obvious, sort of shockingly open-throated support of gay marriage as one of those turning points, a truly pivotal moment in culture, in politics, in the way we view ourselves? Damned right we should.
Even if you accept Toni Morrison's premise that Bill Clinton was "the first black president," which of course Andrew Sullivan is working off of in his essay in Newsweek, it just falls flat when applied to Obama and gays.
Americans must decide whether they support or oppose recognition of same-sex marriage in our civil laws, but they also must determine how religious objectors will be treated where same-sex marriages are recognized.
Bristol Palin's child lives in a single-parent home, and she is about to exploit him for her own financial gain. Nevertheless, she is telling me that I cannot legalize my 16-year relationship with my partner because kids are better off with two parents.