OS: Welcome to Allison Cassatta author of Three Little Words. Thanks for stopping by!
AC: Thanks for having me.
OS: I know that this story has a lot of “hot” issues, which of those did you want to discuss with us today?
AC: Gay marriage.
OS: Sounds awesome!
When this book was first written, there was only a handful of states that recognized same sex marriage, and it honestly didn’t look like the world would be changing any time soon. Traditionally liberal states like California had Proposition 8 which strictly forbade same sex couples from being legally wed. All over the south–also known as the Bible belt–fundamentalists yelled at the top of their lungs that being gay is a sin. Some of that has changed. Some has not. The biggest, most historical change came on June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional, and that was the most beautiful day in history for me.
I’ve often been asked why a heterosexual woman would take such a strong stance on same sex marriage, the biggest question being “why do you care? It doesn’t affect you.” Well, besides the obvious–every human being deserves to be treated as an equal… I had a good reason, and the awesome thing about the ruling was seeing firsthand the doors it opened for people.
There are two men who were always very special in my life. They’d been family friends for as long as I could remember. I loved hanging out with them. Never noticed anything “different” about them when I first met them. They were just like anyone else. But they were together. I believe they were my introduction to gay people, to be honest. I don’t remember meeting gay people before them, but also, the word gay wasn’t used… as far as I can remember, anyway. They were a couple just like my mom and dad were a couple. It wasn’t until I grew up a little that I came to realize that them being a couple was nothing like my mom and dad being a couple, because they didn’t have the same rights my mom and dad did. There was the big stink about same sex couples in hospitals in the 90s, and I think that’s what really set it all off for me. I was no longer blind to the issue. It became personal. I worried for them. What if something happened? One couldn’t sit with the other through their time of need and sickness, and that just sucked. Not to mention these guys had more than a decade invested in their lives together. What happened if one of them died? Would the other be without their home, their business, their savings? These were just a portion of the things I worried about and it honestly sucked for them. I hated it.
Shortly after the ruling on same sex marriage, I was invited to celebrate the marriage of those two lifelong family friends. I know I was but one person among the billions who support love no matter the form, but I like to think that because I stood up with all those other people who believe the same as I do, that I helped make a difference and I helped make history. I fought for my friends.
In Three Little Words, a lot of people have to overcome a lot of things before anyone can march off into the sunset in wedded bliss, but at least we live in a world now where two men or two women can profess their love in front of God and everyone and expect the same rights their heterosexual counterparts expect. I think that brings us one giant leap closer to making this world a beautiful place.
Have you had a similar experience? Why do you support same sex marriage? I would love to hear your thoughts/stories!
Is it better to keep some secrets locked away?
Matt thought his life was perfect, but he learns there’s no such thing when the man he planned to marry breaks his heart and leaves him holding the pieces. Needing to escape and lick his wounds, Matt heads to New England to spend time on his brother’s lobster boat. A one-night-stand proves to him that empty sex does nothing to mend old hurt, and neither does running away.
So when Matt’s best friend, Luke, a firefighter, is seriously injured, Matt steps up, even if it means facing bigotry and ignorance. Luke has been hiding his feelings from Matt all their lives, and revealing them after so many years won’t make life easier for either of them. But nothing worth having ever comes easily….
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