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Poem: "The Real Act of Marriage"

This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user my_partner_doug. It belongs to The Ocracies series.


"The Real Act of Marriage"


The Binarchy of Bree had
long looked at the mess in
the Patriarchy of Darthalem
and the Matriarchy of Sherin,
and come to the conclusion
that the only sane form of
government was by
married couples.

This worked fine for them --
barring occasional wobbles
caused by infidelity or divorce --
right up until Lelane and Alia
announced their intention
to run for office.

"You can't run,
you're not married,
you're both women!"
people protested.

Lelane the lawyer crossed
her arms over her ample chest
and said, "The real act of marriage
lies not in a courtroom but in making
a life together. We've done that. It's
not our fault that society has to make
a proper record of it. You don't think
a marriage is made on paper, do you?"

Alia the professor added,
"Besides, there's precedent.
Women in Darthalem share
a husband, men in Sherin
share a wife -- you don't think
all of those co-wives and
co-husbands just ignore
each other, do you?"

People hemmed and hawed,
and the two women realized
that they probably had
thought those things.

"Well, but it's not exactly
a real marriage without
the proper paperwork,"
said Missis Weatherthorn.

"We live together, work together,
bought a house together, and
we'd really like to raise a child,"
Lelane said. "How much more
married can you get?"

"Also she's really wet in bed,"
Alia added with a smirk.

"I did not need to know that,"
said Mister Weatherthorn,
covering his face with a hand.

"If you want the paperwork,
then all we have to do is change
the laws to acknowledge marriages
between people of the same sex,"
Lelane pointed out. "We're supposed
to be a nation that admires matrimony.
Don't you think it's kind of a disgrace
to leave out a tenth of the marriages?"

"That many?" asked Missis Weatherthorn.

Lelane slid a thick file across the desk.

"We need to talk," Missis Weatherthorn
said to her husband, and they withdrew
from the meeting room to confer.

So that was the beginning of
marriage equality in Bree, but
no sooner did Missis and Missis
Quickbeam have their marriage license
in hand and register their campaign than
someone complained about unbalancing
the gender ratio on the town council
for which they were running.

Lelane just bared her teeth and said,
"Well then, I suppose you had better
look for a couple of husbands to
balance it out with."

* * *

Notes:

“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make–not just on your wedding day, but over and over again–and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.”
Barbara de Angelis

binarchy -- government by two people
-- Forthright's Phrontistery

Marriage equality is a current issue in many nations.
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