Abstraction has its limits

This conversation reminds me of a photograph that was published in the Washington Post during the Massachusetts hearings on marriage equality. Demonstrators had gathered outside the courthouse from both sides of the issue, and were energetically engaged in “dialogue.” One photo showed a man and a woman trying to shout each other down. The man was holding a sign, on which he had drawn a diagram consisting of male and female stick figures, connected with circles and arrows to a symbol with the label “children.”

The woman was holding a framed photograph of her family.

Reality bites when you’re trying to ignore it.

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