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

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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