Marriage Equality. 'Cause I'm greedy.

Will Washington State let me get married next week? Probably not. We don’t know for sure, but word is the haters got enough signatures to insure Washington voters get to have a say in whether or not I’m allowed to marry my wife with the state’s legal acknowledgement. And it has been interesting how many comments have gone something like: Don’t we have real issues to focus on?

Real issues. Something more real than my right to marry the woman I love AND have the same rights and responsibilities for that commitment that straight people do. Something more real than the legal action my ex-husband has taken against me because he is convinced he and his wife are a legitimate family and my wife and I are a couple who just happen to hang out with a kid sometimes. And he is convinced, apparently, that there’s a judge in this state who agrees with him — that my wife is an “uninvited third party” — a judge who will sanction his relationship as more valid than mine, because the state recognizes his relationship as more valid than mine. A judge who will pretend not to get the code of “adult” and “inappropriate” as gay gay gay.

Only the state has granted me legitimacy. The state legislators voted for marriage equality. The governor signed it. My elected state representatives believe I should have full marriage rights under state law. My president believes I should have full marriage rights under the law. In fact, a clear majority of people in this country believe I should have full marriage rights under the law.

But probably not next week. Maybe in the fall, when the measure is on the ballot and we all get a say in whether or not my wife and I are as legit as my ex and his wife. Man, I wish this were a real issue. One of those issues that actually matters and affects people’s lives. Instead of my silly gay agenda to be treated like everybody else.

4 thoughts on “Marriage Equality. 'Cause I'm greedy.”

  1. You’re gonna be allowed to marry and then you’re going to allow me to take the photos. I’ve already decided this.

  2. Julie your supportive and gay neighbor

    Here, here Jill! If you need character witnesses, we’re here to support and march forward with you! (and a truck load of kids) Well written, thank you!

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Jill Malone

Jill Malone grew up in a military family, went to German kindergarten, and lived across from a bakery that made gummi bears the size of mice. She has lived on the East Coast and in Hawaii, and for the last seventeen years in Spokane with her son, two dogs, a hedgehog, and a lot of outdoor gear. She looks for any excuse to play guitar. Jill is married to a performance artist and addiction counselor who makes the best risotto on the planet.

Giraffe People is her third novel. Her first novel, Red Audrey and the Roping, was a Lambda finalist and won the third annual Bywater Prize for Fiction. A Field Guide to Deception, her second novel, was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley, and won the Lambda Literary Award and the Great Northwest Book Festival.

Giraffe People

Giraffe People

Between God and the army, fifteen-year-old Cole Peters has more than enough to rebel against. But this Chaplain’s daughter isn’t resorting to drugs or craziness. Truth to tell, she’s content with her soccer team and her band and her white bread boyfriend.

And then, of course, there’s Meghan.

Meghan is eighteen years old and preparing for entry into West Point. For this she has sponsors: Cole’s parents. They’re delighted their daughter is finally looking up to someone. Someone who can tutor her and be a friend.

But one night that relationship changes and Cole’s world flips.

Giraffe People is a potent reminder of the rites of passage and passion that we all endure on our road to growing up and growing strong. Award-winning author Jill Malone tells a story of coming out and coming of age, giving us a take that is both subtle and fresh.

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A Field Guide to Deception

A Field Guide to Deception

In Jill Malone’s second novel, A Field Guide to Deception, nothing is as simple as it appears: community, notions of motherhood, the nature of goodness, nor even compelling love. Revelations are punctured and then revisited with deeper insight, alliances shift, and heroes turn anti-hero—and vice versa.

With her aunt’s death Claire Bernard loses her best companion, her livelihood, and her son’s co-parent. Malone’s smart, intriguing writing beguiles the reader into this taut, compelling story of a makeshift family and the reawakening of a past they’d hoped to outrun. Claire’s journey is the unifying tension in this book of layered and shifting alliances.

A Field Guide to Deception is a serious novel filled with snappy dialogue, quick-moving and funny incidents, compelling characterizations, mysterious plot twists, and an unexpected climax. It is a rich, complex tale for literary readers.

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Red Audrey and the Roping

Red Audrey and the Roping

Occasionally a debut novel comes along that rocks its readers back on their heels. Red Audrey and the Roping is one of that rare and remarkable breed. With storytelling as accomplished as successful literary novelists like Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters, Jill Malone takes us on a journey through the heart of Latin professor Jane Elliot.

Set against the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of Hawaii, this is the deeply moving story of a young woman traumatized by her mother’s death. Scarred by guilt, she struggles to find the nerve to let love into her life again. Afraid to love herself or anyone else, Jane falls in love with risk, pitting herself against the world with dogged, destructive courage. But finally she reaches a point where there is only one danger left worth facing. The sole remaining question for Jane is whether she is willing to accept her history, embrace her damage, and take a chance on love.

As well as a gripping and emotional story, Red Audrey and the Roping is a remarkable literary achievement. The breathtaking prose evokes setting, characters, and relationships with equal grace. The dialogue sparks and sparkles. Splintered fragments of narrative come together to form a seamless suspenseful story that flows effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion.

Winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction, Red Audrey and the Roping is one of the most memorable first novels you will ever read.

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