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You might be surprised to learn Valentine’s Day originates from the actions of a pioneering and brave man who decided the Roman Empire’s rule that soldiers could not marry was wrong.
St. Valentine married soldiers in defiance of the law.
That act, along with others, resulted in his death, but over the years, his name became associated with the celebration of romantic love on Valentine’s Day.
This day is also the most widely celebrated holiday after New Year’s Day. Yes, the whole world loves the idea of romantic love.
This year, I want you to do something really special for Valentine’s Day as a statement to defy the many laws that still discriminate against us.
These laws mean we can be fired from our jobs in 39 states simply because we are lesbian or gay.
Other discriminatory laws ban our ability to marry in 39 states.
In the 12 states where same-sex marriage is now recognized, we still do not have access to the federal benefits of marriage.
There are 1,100 federal benefits that are the result of marriage. That’s a pretty big number, don’t you think?
That’s a pretty big reason for why we need to continue to fight for equal rights and for our romantic love and commitments to be recognized.
The origins of Valentine’s Day should be the reason for it to be our lesbian and gay national holiday to continue the fight for equal rights and access to benefits for all people.
Show up at the party, give out Valentine’s cards and plant a big kiss on each and every person you see all day long in celebration of forbidden marriage and forbidden love.
Tell the whole world our love is so strong nothing will stop us from fighting.
How are you going to hit it big on Valentine’s Day?
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