Dear Abby is being honored by PFLAG this week through its "Straight for Equality" award. I can't try to compete with Abby's eloquent phrases, so I will just quote them below.
- Accepting the status quo is not always the best thing to do. Women were once considered chattel, and slavery was regarded as sanctioned in the Bible. However, western society grew to recognize that neither was just. Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have recognized gay marriage, and one day, perhaps, our country will, too.
- Something civil unions and domestic partnerships would be less threatening to people who feel marriage is just a religious rite. I think anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship.
- If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break.
- Include the photos, of course [of a transgender relative in the family album]. Silence is the enemy. Answer any questions the kids have honestly - Uncle John was born with a body of the wrong sex, so even when he was called Jane he was really John inside.