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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Wednesday, February 04, 2004 Mass. high court rules for gay marriage; civil unions won't do
BOSTON - The Massachusetts high court ruled Wednesday that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples — rather than civil unions — would be constitutional, erasing any doubts that the nation's first same-sex marriages would take place in the state beginning in mid-May. More from AP
A feature in today's Globe on two lesbians preparing to wed was accompanied by a photo of the engaged couple. At first glance, before reading the caption and accompanying headline, I had taken the "groom" for a man. She certainly resembled one, having apparently made an effort to crop her hair and dress in relatively masculine fashion. It brought to mind a past cable documentary on a male transvestite who took great pains to look like a glamour queen.
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and all, but aren't lesbian women who endeavor to look as "manly" as possible and gay men who try to fit a "feminine" ideal underscoring the very gender roles they're seeking to overturn? Aren't the Globe fiancées, one traditionally feminine-looking and one butch, acknowledging the binary he-and-she nature of marriage?
Aren't they recognizing that there are some sort of rules – that things are as they are – at the same time they are trying to re-make what is to personal taste? (One thinks of the postmodernists who declare "there is no truth" – as a truth.)
The results are imitation, are caricature, but in the PC world you're not supposed to say it.
Better to maintain a fiction apparent on its face: that a woman and a woman-dressed-as-a-man can be married the same as a woman and man; that a young child doesn't need special and prolonged attention from his or her mother; that the sexes are interchangeable and that a child doesn't benefit any more from a mother and a father than from two mothers or two fathers.
The alternative is to let intuitive reality trump ideology.