Posts Tagged ‘gay marriage’

Why fighting for marriage is the wrong struggle

November 22, 2008

In our 24 November 2008 show, we talk with a law professor who believes that legal recognition of marriage, gay or straight, privileges one type of relationship over many others.

See: Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage

Why one wants to copy straight marriage, especially with a huge divorce rate, is beyond me. It definitely was not what we in gay liberation days fought for. To seek gay marriage is a conservative goal, not a liberationist one.

See historian and U of Chicago Prof. John D’Emilio’s essay against gay marriage: The Marriage Fight Is Setting Us Back, published in The Gay & Lesbian Review (November-December 2006).

Also, listen to our discussion on the previous Subversity show with UC Riverside ethnic studies Prof. Dylan Rodriguez on the difference between a liberation movement and a rights movement (near end of audio): mp3.

See also how gay people were told to marry in Boston or lose their health benefits that they were entitled to under domestic partnerships after the state legalized gay marriage: Gay groups say domestic partnerships must be preserved.


Saving Marriage; Bill Ayers on his Fugitive Days

October 5, 2008

In our the next edition of Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, we delve into two controversial issues this election season.

In part 1 of the program, we talk with two filmmakers, Mike Roth and John Henning, who directed a documentary, “Saving Marriage,” on the ultimate success in Massachusetts to forestall a voter-ban on gay marriage. We’ll ask them what lessons can be learned given that California voters will vote in November whether or not to ban gay marriage ( Prop. 8 ) and overturn the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing it.

Bill Ayers mug shot from Chicago PD

Bill Ayers mug shot from Chicago PD

In part 2, given the controversy over Barack Obama’s “palling around” (allegedly) with former fugitive Weatherman Bill Ayers (now a respected education professor in Chicago), we re-air portions of a past interview we conducted with Prof. Ayers. We asked him then to reflect on his fugitive days.

The show airs from 9-10 a.m, this Monday, 6 October 2008, on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County and is webcast simultaneously via

More online:

Saving Marriage Web site

Saving Marriage Trailer

Ballotpedia Proposition 8 entry

Obama and Ayers:

NY Times story (needs free registration)

NY Times Ayers profile

Pallin on Ayers