Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Article excerpt

I had vowed to give up on all things political after 2004's presidential election. But that was before the issue of same-sex marriage came to Princeton University, where I am currently a sophomore studying economics. There I was, eating lunch in one of Princeton's high-ceilinged gothic dining halls, engaged in, well, politics. The student government had just narrowly decided to place the issue of same-sex marriage before the undergraduate population as part of its annual election of officers on December 4, and I was trying to get several of my straight friends to vote in favor it.

Two questions were placed on the ballot. The first asked students if they support the right of gay couples to marry, and the second asked if the student government should sign the amicus brief submitted by the Princeton Justice Project on behalf of the plaintiffs in Lewis v. Harris--the same-sex couples seeking to marry in New Jersey.

It's not every day that a national issue like same-sex marriage penetrates what we students lovingly--or hatefully--call "the orange bubble. …

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