Valentine’s Day blog from Forum For Equality Louisiana Chair, Mary Griggs!
Despite Randy Thompson’s recent declaration that “Valentine’s Day is only for one man and one woman,” the LGBTQ community should not feel excluded from this day.
According to one legend, in 269, the Roman Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriage for young men, declaring that bachelors made better soldiers. Ignoring the ruling, Valentine secretly continued to perform marriage ceremonies. As a result, he was arrested and beaten. Because Valentine refused obey the Emperor’s decree, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate.
As I participated in the Forum For Equality Louisiana’s press conference announcing the lawsuit to challenge Louisiana’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages, I was struck about the current application of this holiday to our community – the Roman state was wrong then and the state of Louisiana is wrong now.
You cannot read or listen to the stories of our plaintiffs without realizing that marriage equality for…
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