Since it is no longer attending to America’s foreign policy, the State Department has a great deal of time on its hands — part of which it filled, last week, with its now-annual Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Day. Among the event’s speakers was noted LGBT activist Masha Gessen, who rose to prominence as a fierce critic of Russia’s treatment of LGBT issues, particularly under Vladimir Putin.
However, Gessen has more in mind than simply “expanding” marriage rights in the United States to include homosexual couples. At a panel discussion for the Sydney Writers Festival in 2012, Gessen noted:
I agree that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.
Gessen is well on her way to achieving that goal, at least personally. Later in the discussions, she describes her unorthodox family structure: “We have three kids and five parents . . . more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally.”
The full audio of the panel discussion is available here. The relevant segment begins at 6:30.