Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court decision today comes almost exactly 24 years after my brother John died of causes related to AIDS. I’ll lift a glass tonight to John and to all the people who have worked over so many years to make a society in which we are all equal under the law.

Yesterday the New York Times posted a short documentary film titled

Elder: A Love Story

The story took place in Italy in 1974. Tom Clark, a Mormon missionary in Italy only a couple of years after John served there, fell in love with a young Italian man. He shot lots of film of the two of them and as I watched I found myself in the world I had imagined from John’s letters and from this single photo:

johnandmichelIt is a story — a set of stories — to be celebrated today.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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