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Rick Moody is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and, most recently, a collection of essays, On Celestial Music. He also performs as a member of The Wingdale Community Singers. He writes the "Swinging Modern Sounds" column for The Rumpus.
REASON 18: Mitt Romney Opposes Marriage Equality.My cousin, who not long ago retired from a career in the Episcopalian ministry, is gay, is out, has been out for a long time. For some thirty-five years, he was also, until 2005 or so, in a relationship with a really excellent, hard-working, brilliant, hilarious sound engineer, who I’ll call Donnie (for the sake of privacy). Donnie left for work one morning, on his bicycle, and was struck and killed on a certain major thoroughfare in New York City. This would have been tragedy enough on good day, but when you are (as was the case at the time of the accident) unable to marry the person you love, then the tragedy is of a completely different cast. My cousin went through a whole host of indignities surrounding his ability to see to his lover’s body, to inherit, and so on, all because, at the time, New York State had not yet addressed the issue of marriage between gay persons.
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