[Me in the face of heteronormativity: possibly actual footage. – Rachael Tovey (Brünnhilde) gearing up for the Todesverkündigung in Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, Nuremberg 2014. – Photo Credit: Ludwig Olah]
The same “Are you kidding me?” look is happening for me today over Merkel’s swerve from “Nope” on marriage equality to “well… it’s a personal decision… plus there are great lesbian parents” (I paraphrase the gist of it).
Since all other parties worth noting have been pro-Marriage Equality for years (in some cases, attempting to change laws repeatedly to always be hung out to dry by Merkel’s party), they are saying, “Let’s do this, now.” And that, might, after nearly 20 years of awkward civilunionizing language, happen this Friday already, by parliament vote.
It was the front headline for most of the day on most of the German news today, and while it is of course a tactical maneuver related to the autumn elections, it’s still nice that apparently, public opinion is by now more pro-queers than pro-reactionary enough to shift even Merkel’s posse into the 21st century.
So… by Friday night, I might actually be married to my “civilunionized same-sex life partner” of 8 years? (with more legal safety and recognition for the little valkyries, which is the core point for us) Well. I better saddle my horses for some hojotohoing.