Required reading: Marriage in Alabama

My brother-in-law Chris Shirley, author of “Playing by the Book,” (footnote 1), has written an op-ed piece for al.com (footnote 2) website about the importance of marriage equality in his home state of Alabama. Please check it out here.

An excerpt:

Those of us who survive often struggle with an underlying belief that we are somehow “less” than others when in fact we’re equally capable of every basic value, including love, kindness, compassion, integrity, and goodness. In fact, I think we’re drawn to human rights and kindness more than most because we understand injustice. To deny us the freedom to marry is to continue to reinforce this inequality, this stigma of being second class. We deserve to have every freedom that every other group in this country enjoys because, as JFK said, “the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Footnotes
1. An incredible story about a young Christian man coming to grips with his sexuality. I’m not Christian, but this is the kind of coming-out story I wish I had read when I was younger. I highly recommend it.
2. The website of the Alabama Media Group, which publishes several newspapers in Alabama.