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Marriage and Military: Missing the Point of Queer Advancement

By Nick Mitchell, Oct 26, 2009 11:36 AM

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Editor's note: Guest EthnoBlogger Nick Mitchell comments here on the ways in which the mainstream gay rights' movement focus on marriage equality is pitting queer communities and communities of color against each other.  The Law only extends so far, Mitchell argues, and we need to broaden our view of queer advancement to include closer attention to real social equality.  Nick Mitchell is working on a Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz, where he teaches black cultural studies and feminist theories. He blogs about race, sexuality, queer politics, and education at Low End Theory.  

Right before the National Equality March of a couple weeks ago, a group identifying themselves as Queer Kids of Queer Parents Against Gay Marriage! issued a hell of a statement. It’s really worth reading.

For me, what the queer kids are saying here is so important because they reach beyond what is the typical queer critique of same-sex marriage—that marriage is an outmoded, oppressive, restrictive, and bankrupt institution (still an important critique these days). They're trying to move beyond the liberal gay politics that equates social equality with the capacity to serve openly in the military. And they’re moving beyond this critique and that politics in a call for alliances that might look bizarre—at least to some—in the name of community.