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FARC-EP: Gay marriage or abolition of marriage?

By Natalie Mistral, guerrilla combatant of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP)

The different Christian cults and modern capitalism have changed the “traditional” patriarchal family into the cornerstone of the modern economic system, encouraging the social and sexual division of labor. On this basic nucleus, consolidated by the idea that it is the only natural possibility, the entire capitalist culture is constructed. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the debate about gay marriage generates so much rejection and polemics.

The demand by the LGBTI community for the right to create a legal home within the bourgeois parameters, is entirely legitimate and understandable. It is simply about achieving “normal” social acceptance within the right to be different. But it is also about solving concrete and everyday problems, about obtaining the real material benefits that married couples have.The formalization of the union between two (or even more…) people who want to create a family responds to the material need to acquire legal rights and benefits, regarding tax and reproduction, among others. These aren’t natural laws but mere social conventions.

In this sense, we have the moral duty to support the right of everyone to decide on their body and their destination. But our struggle goes beyond that. The anti-capitalist struggle is being projected within the construction of a new society whose values ​​are antithetical to bourgeois hypocrisy. True respect for differences, solidarity, true justice that implies social justice and dignity must be the foundation of this new society. And therefore we need to rethink the concept of family and education. That’s to say, we should change the very idea of ​​marriage.

12.03.13 25
A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 24: Sexual repression as an instrument of class domination

By Bob McCubbin

In Part 21 of this series we noted that the tenets of patriarchal religions brought a message to the masses that male supremacy and economic and social inequality were the natural order of things. A separate but similarly motivated message had to do with sexual relations. Religious challenges to the idea that sexual relations were a natural part of life and something to be enjoyed figure most prominently in the history of Christianity as it evolved from a rebellious sect into a powerful instrument of exploitation and repression for use by the European ruling classes.

12.02.13 18
Read Red: Just Married

Well, we went and did it: yesterday Teresa and I, after almost 23 years together, got married at the New York City Clerk’s Marriage Bureau in lower Manhattan. It was a fun and interesting experience being there with all the working-class folks, opposite-sex and same-sex couples alike, who opt to wed this way for various reasons personal, political, and mostly, I’m guessing, financial.

When we’d picked up the marriage license the day before Teresa and I had both gotten weepy, especially as we watched several gay couples come out of the chapel (yeah, that’s what they call the little room where they perform the ceremony) and pose for their newlywed pictures. It’s not about aping the hets, it’s not about endorsing the patriarchy, it’s about claiming a legal right that had been denied; the sheer fact of this achievement hit home as we watched these couples celebrate and we got all shook up. (My thoughts on this immediately after the law passed are here; my article in Workers World newspaper the week after is here.)  After that I was terrified that I’d bawl all during our ceremony but happily it turned out instead that we both smiled, in fact started laughing, as we said our I Do’s and exchanged rings.

Then we posed for lots of pictures with, and taken by, our dear friends Monica and LeiLani who’d accompanied us and signed the marriage license as our official witnesses. 

Headed uptown to Sheridan Square, where we posed at the Gay Liberation Monument by sculptor George Segal.

Crossed the street and took a picture in front of the Stonewall Inn, where the modern LGBT movement began with the great rebellion of June 1969. 

Headed inside the Stonewall for a celebratory drink and toast to the struggle. Strolled down Seventh Avenue to the Pink Teacup, a soulfood restaurant and one of my all-time favorites for all those years it was a tiny jam-packed hole in the wall and now even more wonderful since it relocated to much bigger digs. There we met a few more friends for dinner, delish and delightful. A grand time was had by all.

Today’s the honeymoon: we’re going to a movie! Then it’s back to real life. Tomorrow, a poitical meeting; Sunday paying bills and doing laundry; Monday wage work. Yesterday, though, yesterday was a keeper.

08.08.11 6
Read Red: Now I can get married. No, I do not thank Governor Cuomo

I’m writing this late Friday evening, an hour or so after the New York state legislature finally passed the marriage equality bill, legalizing same-sex marriage. This is a great victory—for which full credit goes to our community, to our 42-plus years of fighting, organizing, mass mobilizations, our struggling angry strong proud LGBTQ people.

No credit is due to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In fact, the way that this vile vicious union-busting anti-worker anti-poor program-cutting reactionary maneuvered his way into the position of appearing as the hero, the leader, the great man who handed us this law is in my view the most brazen display of demagoguery mounted by any politician in a long time. Here he is—one day after forcing the state employees’ unions to sign off on a raft of terrible givebacks, in the throes of attacking the working-class students of  SUNY and CUNY by cutting budgets and raising tuition, here he is gutting social programs left and right, pushing the kind of assault against the working class of New York state that not even the last Republican governor could get away with—and lo and behold he gets to portray himself as the great liberator. What an act—hey everybody, says the guv, don’t look at what I’m doing to wreck and ruin you, no, look over here, look at my beautiful rhetoric. I’m the guy who gave you gay marriage!

Well no he didn’t. We won this with our many years of fighting. And we should none of us offer up any thanks to this demagogue, nor let this achievement distract us from all the evil he is doing. Let’s celebrate tonight! Tomorrow let’s get back to organizing to fight back against him!

07.01.11 20
NYC gay bar raided as patrons celebrated marriage equality vote

From Towerload blog:

The New York City police department is receiving heat for what many are calling a raid on one of the city’s gay bars, the Eagle, which took place at the very same time that the state Senate voted to introduce marriage equality to New York Friday night. Police claim this was a routine inspection. Whether that’s true or not, the timing of this operation was remarkably insensitive. About 100 people were at the Eagle at the time.

EagleThe NYT reports:

Allen Roskoff, 61, a veteran gay-rights activist who was not at the Eagle, said, “In typical New York City Police Department fashion, the N.Y.P.D. demonstrated its disrespect for the gay community by raiding the Eagle mere moments after the passage of most important piece of gay rights legislation in history.”

But some accounts of the inspection diverged significantly, in places, from what the police described. For instance, (Eagle owner Robert Berk) said the inspection lasted about two hours, while (Police Department’s chief spokesman David Browne) said it was completed in about 45 minutes.

Along with flashlights being shined in people’s faces, lights were turned off and patrons were forced to empty their pockets “without probable cause,” Mr. Shevlin said.

A reader of Kenneth in the 212 writes: “yes, i was there and they definitely raided it. i argued with the police there for an hour over the outrage and eventually left. i am going to try to organize a response, like i did after the raids 3 years ago after pride.”

06.27.11 15