June 18, 2008
Marrying with your foot in your mouth
Posted by: Andoni
I nearly died last night watching mainstream TV coverage of the first same-sex marriages in California. On the NBC Nightly News, they featured the above report on a couple from Houston who went to California to get married. During the interview, this couple said they were doing it because they could not marry in their home state of Texas.
Then one of them added the following explanation: "There's over 1100 rights that married couples have immediately once they sign those papers."
How embarrassing --- from coast to coast. What this couple did was convey totally incorrect information to the over 12 million viewers that night, information that made it sound like we now have all our rights through marriage in California. The fact is that even if a same sex couple marries legally in California, they will receive none (zip, zero) of those 1100 rights that couple misled the nation into believing they had.
It's hard to believe that this couple was so uneducated to say what they said on national TV. They performed a tremendous disservice to the community. And it was sad to see NBC not catch this error.
Just imagine if the couple had done their homework and said, "Yes, we are getting married, but alas, because of the Defense of Marriage Act, we will receive none of the 1100 federal rights and benefits that an opposite sex couple gets the minute they sign the papers. Things just aren't equal yet!"
What an opportunity lost.
So, if you go to California to marry and someone puts a camera in your face, please say something smart to help the cause.
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