It’s hard to believe that over 20 years ago The Golden Girls were helping bring light to the topic of same-sex marriage on primetime TV. In the episode entitled, “Sister of the Bride,” Blanche’s brother Clayton announces his intent to marry his partner. And while at first, Blanche doesn’t understand, this conversation with Sophia helps her see that her brother’s relationship with Doug is really not that different than her own relationship with her late husband George.
Blanche: …why does he have to slip a ring on this guy’s finger so that the whole world will know?
Sophia: Why did you marry George?
Blanche: We loved each other, we wanted to make a lifetime commitment, wanted everybody to know.
Sophia: That’s what Doug and Clayton want too. Everyone wants someone to grow old with and shouldn’t everyone have that chance?
After watching the video, take a moment to reflect on what committed gay and lesbian couples are really looking for. I promise you, it’s not special rights we want. It’s simply to celebrate commitment and take part in the benefits that a union can provide. In 2012, please help me defeat the mean-spirited marriage amendment in Minnesota and give me my chance to grow old with someone I love.
Merry Christmas Eve.