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By Ziggy

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Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

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INT - COURT ROOM - DAY

THEODORE OLSON, 69, bespectacled, stands in front of SANDRA STIER, blonde and KRISTEN PERRY, short brown hair, wearing glasses. The people sitting on the pew benches and in the Jury box are a blur of various human-shaped colours.

OLSON
Tell us about the awkwardness and embarrassment of having to explain yourself.

SANDRA
At school, I have to explain who I am to people: I’m picking up my domestic partner’s son, I’m his stepmother. She’s my wife, but I can’t really say that. Even for those who know what it means, it’s still not what we are. We aren’t BUSINESS partners, we aren’t girlfriends, we aren’t glorified roommates. The relationship is that we are SPOUSES — except we can’t marry.

OLSON
Forms to fill out?

OLSON
Would marriage provide a sense of stability?

SANDRA
It would afford me inclusion in the social fabric of the society we live in. Our family could feel pride, our children could be proud.

OLSON
When the campaign occurred, when SCOCA said you had the right to marry, and then voters took that away, were you exposed to the election campaign in your daily life?

SANDRA
Yes, I saw bumper stickers, posters, yard signs, people talking about it, I went to a rally for NO on 8.

At this point a bubble forms in the top-right corner of the room with pictures of bumper stickers, posters, yard signs etc. SANDRA waves her hand through the bubble and it forms into a smoke cloud which gradually fritters away and vanishes completely. Another bubble forms, this time the bumper sticker saying “EQUAL RIGHTS ARE NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS”. This bubble remains throughout the duration of this transcript.

OLSON
Was it disturbing to you? How?

SANDRA
Yes, the campaign focused on children needing protection from our marriage. That felt manipulative and harmful to our family and our children and our community. it was as if there was great evil that needed to be stopped — and that evil was, I guess, US? As a mom with four children, there is no higher calling than my need to protect my children

OLSON
Would your boys be better off with a man in the house?

SANDRA
The best thing for children is to have loving parents, who love each other and them. Kris and I love each other, we love our children — there’s nothing more that I can say about that.

OLSON
How about being a plaintiff in this case?

SANDRA
I simply want the rights I’ve already been told I have in California.

OLSON
How would this case change your life?

Walker crosstalk

At this point a series of words float around OLSON’s head, several at a time: MOTHERS, TELL YOUR CHILDREN: BE QUICK, YOU MUST BE STRONG. LIFE IS FULL OF WONDER, LOVE IS NEVER WRONG. REMEMBER HOW THEY TAUGHT YOU, HOW MUCH OF IT WAS FEAR. REFUSE TO HAND IT DOWN - THE LEGACY STOPS HERE.

SANDRA
I would feel more secure, I would feel I didn’t have to worry about my kids feeling shame or not belonging, that I had protected them from harm. The first time I could say to someone that I’m married — WOW. I want to build a better world for our kids, and I want their kids’ lives to be better. I think about their children, that I would have grandchildren — that there lives would be better because they can grow up in a better world. I want those kids to have an option to grow up who they are and honor it. Kris and I are big strong women, we’ll be fine. But this case can make a better world.

Nothing further, no cross. Next witness?

Fade to black apart from the bumper sticker that reads EQUAL RIGHTS ARE NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS. These words linger on the screen then fade away slowly.

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Created: Jan 19, 2010

Tags: love story, injustice, justice

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