On August 19, 2006 my significant other of 15 years and I were married. Many couples who have been together as long or longer do not have the same privilege as my husband and I. Isn't it about time that changed?
From WhiteKnot.org's email template, the story of the White Knot:
The White Knot is the symbol for support of Marriage Equality—the right for any loving couple regardless of gender to be married under the civil laws of the state and the country. Everyone should have the right to tie the knot.
Marriage Equality is a vital civil right denied to most same-sex couples except in that handful of states where it has finally been recognized. It is vital because marriage is about committed couples—all committed couples—who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other. This can only strengthen family and society. This is why Marriage Equality is important to everyone.
It's not just about the word Marriage. Denying committed couples the security and legal protections of marriage hurts them. It's just plain wrong to make it harder for them to take care of and be responsible for each other. The institution of civil marriage offers equal protection under the law when it comes to taxes, health care and decision-making, employment benefits, and perhaps most importantly, raising healthy and happy children.
So I ask you to join me today in showing your support for Marriage Equality and equal rights under the law for everyone. Wear a White Knot every day. Tell people why you are wearing it. And if you can, hand out White Knots to those around you.
For more information, go to www.whiteknot.org. There you can find out how to get White Knots, make your own, get more information about the issues, and even donate to help spread the word.
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