Katherine Franke’s Interview on Morning Edition

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Vina Tran
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Click below to listen to Katherine Franke’s interview on Morning Edition on “Many Same-Sex Couples Avoid Gay Marriages Over Legal, Personal Concerns”

“My partner and I have never considered getting married,” said Katherine Franke, a professor of gender law at Columbia Law School. “We don’t need the state in our relationship. We’re committed to one another without having to get a license – I do have a fishing license by the way.”

Franke said she’s thrilled for those same-sex couples clamoring to get married in New York, but isn’t among the group eager to celebrate the institution of marriage.

“I grew up as an adult in the ’70s, when we were very critical of the institution of marriage. We saw it as a patriarchal, sexist institution,” Franke said. “We were worried about our heterosexual friends in marriages who found divorce to be a legal process that impoverished women.”

What’s curious now, Franke said, is how this new civil right is putting pressure on gay individuals to jump at the chance to get married.

“You didn’t see people in the African-American community riding the bus and praising buses over other means of transportation, or loving lunch counters and praising lunch counters over other places you might eat once segregation became illegal quite in the numbers that you’re seeing people in the gay community feeling that they should marry to be sort of good gay citizens,” Franke said.

When asked if her 18-year-old daughter wants to see her parents finally get married, Franke smiled said her daughter is “even more progressive” than she is and would never ask her two moms to walk down the aisle together.

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