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Valentine’s Day blog from Forum For Equality Louisiana Chair, Mary Griggs!

Mary Griggs

marriageequality_300 by 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.

mary speaking croppedAs 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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About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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