Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"Though I am a queer person living in San Francisco, I will not be celebrating the California Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on same-sex marriage. Nor will I join those who say, 'I would never choose to get married, but I think everyone should have the right.'...
...[T]he push for gay marriage has shifted advocacy away from essential services like HIV education, AIDS health care, drug treatment, domestic violence prevention, and homeless care -- all crucial needs for far more queers than marriage could ever be. And this pattern will undoubtedly continue, as millions of dollars will be spent fighting an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment proposed for the November ballot, at a time when social services are being scrapped across the country, and especially in California.
The spectacle around gay marriage draws attention away from critical issues -- like ending U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, stopping massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids across the country, and challenging the never-ending assault on anyone living outside of conventional norms.
While many straight people are reaping the benefits of gay liberation and discovering new ways of loving, lusting for and caring for one another, the gay marriage movement is busy fighting for a 1950s model of white-picket fence 'we're just like you' normalcy. And that's no reason to celebrate."
"Why One Queer Person Is Not Celebrating California's Historic Gay Marriage Decision," AlterNet.org, May 27, 2008
Named by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
Has occasionally gone by the name Matt Bernstein Sycamore
Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
"I was someone assigned by the medical establishment as male at birth. But I actually identify as gender queer, which means that I reject traditional notions of male and female and prefer something that's a little more - what's the word? Subversive." Michel Martin (interviewer), "A 'Queer' Argument Against Marriage," NPR.com, June 10, 2010