Beyond Tolerance and Privacy to Equality
It's not gonna be that way.
—Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
It's time we learn from our mistakes and acknowledge that lesbian
and gay Americans… speak the vocabulary of marriage, live the
personal commitment of marriage, do the hard work of marriage,
and share the responsibilities we associate with marriage. It's time
to allow them the same freedom every other American has—the
freedom to marry.
—Evan Wolfson, Why Marriage Matters (2004)
Your children and grandchildren will be taught that homosexuality
is normal and same-sex unions equally valid to heterosexual mar-
riages. So-called “hate crimes” laws will make sure that anyone
who objects is silenced.
—Gary Bauer, American Values
—Billy Crystal's Aunt Sheila, referring to the imminent marriage
of her daughter and another woman, as told in his play
700 Sundays (Billy Crystal 700 Sundays, 2006)
San Francisco has long been regarded as one of America's most liberal cities, so it was little surprise that it was there that the gay marriage debate was turned up a notch in February 2004. Newly elected mayor Gavin Newsom, the favored successor of the popular mayor and former state assembly speaker Willie Brown, and most of the Democratic