[Content Note: Homophobia.]
So, I'm reading this story about a gay couple who were asked to leave a mall in California (GREAT LIBERTINE DEVIL STATE!) after they were kissing and holding hands, because in the year of our lord Jesus Jones two thousand and thirteen, two men showing each other affection in public is still fucking controversial.
1. This speaks to the point (which I was not the first and will not be the last to make) that marriage equality is not the end-all, be-all of LGB equality. And I feel obliged to point that out, again, because it's important for allies to be vigilant about and aware of the many manifestations of oppression.
2. In the story, one of the men, Daniel Chesmore, is quoted as saying: "In a perfect world, there would be no difference in treatment between straight couples and gay couples." In a perfect world. He's just using a common turn of phrase there, which I use myself, but it made me think about how basic equalities don't actually necessitate a perfect world; they just require a more decent one. And while perfection is unattainable, decency is not.