Melanie Nathan:- 1/19/10 =5.00 pm San Francisco :- Judge Judy makes a BIG Lesbian / Gay faux pas– but she probably did not realize it. I love having TV on in the background while I work. I never watch it though. (okay, okay only Bachelor and the News ok and Desperate Housewives…) For some reason the erstwhile Judge was really annoying me and as I was about to change the channel when my remote froze – I could not help but hear the remark – and it was made at me?
Am I over sensitive because of the prop 8 trial; the disdainful and gut wrenching testimony directed at me – where as a sister of an entire population am rendered invalid until the possible stroke of another Judge’s pen? I am begging for recognition. Now in the Gay Diaspora , that is the rest of the world, my safety is shirked as I hear that my life and love ought to be rolled back like an old classic movie on a reel; I keep hearing it “ undo you- undo who you are- you can change your ways– you don’t count! ” It is a self possessed mantra that does not leave me any peace.
Oh get out of me and back to my real TV Judge – The case – Jennifer and Joanne are roommates. They are not lovers, so that is not where I am going with this. Clearly straight roommates they opened a joint checking account for shared apartment expenses. They came to Judge Judy’s Court with a related dispute – The Judge roared at them both – “How could you be so stupid, who opens a bank account with someone with who you have no marriage contract? You open bank accounts with husbands and that’s tough enough said the well meaning Judge.
So here is my piece – Judge Judy what if they were lesbians and had no marriage contract available to them– because the law of the United States prevented them from having such? Would they still be stupid to open a bank account together? Without a marriage contract?
Now I am not looking for an apology, only a little bit of sensitivity …. Notice – to America – We are a minority and the subjects of daily discrimination. Be it words, be it laws, be it whatever.
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