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Fabiola Santiago: Same-sex marriage is issue of love, fairness


Divorce is so common in my generation that it has become a joke among some of my friends to ask when someone delivers news that they’re getting married: “And against whom?”

So with that little ditty, I’ll bat right out of the conversation the sanctimonious pronouncements of conservatives who rile against gay marriage from a place of superiority. We heterosexuals have not excelled at marriage, so why should we even be entitled to judge the love and commitment of others?

Unfortunately, social change has seldom come from the heart of the masses. All ground-breaking and worthwhile change, whether it was reproductive rights for women or the racial integration of schools, has required some kind of high court mandate.

So, a loud bravo is in order for the six same-sex couples from South Florida who are suing the state for the fundamental right to marry — and have willingly put themselves in the limelight for the sake of a worthy cause.

“It’s just about love and fairness,” Elizabeth Schwartz, one of the attorneys representing the couples, told me on the emotional day last week when the case was filed.

Hearing her say that, such a simple but powerful concept, tugged at my heart.

As other Floridians have done, Liz married my friend and colleague Lydia Martin last summer in Vermont, where same-sex marriage is legal. I know a lot of heterosexual couples who would be envious of the strength of their union, the well-lived life they share.

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