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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Gore Vidal on gay marriage

An excerpt from a Time magazine interview of Gore Vidal:

What do you think of gay marriage?

Since heterosexual marriage is such a disaster, why on earth would anybody want to imitate it?
If you're not a cynic you're a wishful thinker, I often say, and Vidal's clearly not the latter.

And what are my views on gay marriage? Well, I support it in the sense that I don't oppose it, in the same sense that I support left-handed people being allowed to drive or blond people being allowed inside libraries. What is there to oppose? No one is harmed by how two consenting adults choose to define their relationship, and it takes astonishing perversity to want to interfere with that.

One hundred years later, I hope, people will be amazed that there was a time when gay marriage was illegal, just as we might sometimes wonder how women were once not allowed to vote, or how some people kept others as slaves.

Or is that wishful thinking?
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