One of the great treasures at B.C.–and a true champion of equality–is John McDargh, a colleague and professor in the Theology department. This morning he sent along this, as he puts it, “eye opening” list of the 1,138 reasons that marriage equality matters.
I’ve always considered the basics such as hospital visitation rights and tax benefits the most obvious reasons for gay marriage. Add to this list of civil rights denied to gay and lesbian couples: no social security benefits for a spouse, no medicaid or disability pensions for a spouse, and lack of government safeguards like restraining orders to protect against domestic violence.
I respect others’ opinions, even those against gay marriage. However, ideology must never interfere with government protection–it’s a basic principle of the founding of our nation. More than simply a bulleted item in the culture wars, gay marriage is about basic civil rights for all.