My former MFA colleague Jonathan Harper explains why he didn’t “go red” on Facebook last week:
The flaw with this cultural debate (or at least how we are discussing it) is that the word “marriage” itself is multifaceted. It has grown into an umbrella term for multiple contexts. It simultaneously means a romantic relationship, an opportunity for procreation, a religious union, legal protection, and tax benefits. It creates an unwinnable argument. One side yells, “Equal Rights for Gays” and the other calls for, “Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage.” Unfortunately, few people realize that they’re not talking about the same thing.