Homosexual Activists’ Goal: “Radical Reordering” of Societal Reality

“Being queer is more than setting up house,
sleeping with a person of the same gender,
and seeking state approval for doing so…

“Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family,
and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society…

“As a lesbian, I am fundamentally different from non-lesbian women…

“In arguing for the right to legal marriage,
lesbians and gay men would be forced to claim
that we are just like heterosexual couples,
have the same goals and purposes,
and vow to structure our lives similarly…

“We must keep our eyes on the goals
of providing true alternatives to marriage and
of radically reordering society’s view of reality.”


— Lesbian activist Paula Ettelbrick
in her essay Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?,
Lesbians, Gay Men and the Law (pages 401-405),
edited by William Rubenstein,
published in 1993 by The New Press (New York)
(cited by Robert Knight at Talking Points on Marriage)

This article was posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2006 at 2:19 pm and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", 02 - Lesbian, Activists. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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