On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 44 comments

On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

One of the first things that surprised me about Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is the way “marriage’ amongst these lesbian couples is talked about quite casually.  My expectation from a 1970’s play was that marriage would not even be mentioned.  This was 30 years before the LGBTQ community even considered legal marriage a possibility.  Yet the women of this play frequently refer to themselves as married and consider their committed relationships as marriages.  I think the world is ready to catch up with the women of Bluefish Cove.

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Queer at Heart
Queer at Heart
8 years ago

I, too, will be interested to see how the female characters in the play are using the word “marriage.” Of course, the word has been used in all kinds of ways over the centuries, and these days it is part of the larger “Gay Rights” discourse. While I firmly believe that queer people should be able to marry and to recieve the benefits of marriage just like their straight counterparts, I am also concerned at the assimilationist emphasis in the current gay rights movement – the emphasis on having the same “rights” as straight people. What about those queers who… Read more »

8 years ago
Reply to  Queer at Heart

I like that “undoing of all systems” point. It seems time for our nation to do a spring cleaning of all the structures that shape our political, economic, and social workings. It seems like maintaining a marriage these days is one of the hardest struggles people face. All my girlfriends get so frustrated with their husbands, some for good reason. I remind them that men (very generally speaking) have had very limited training on being good fathers and husbands. For so many generations, men have only had the responsibility of providing food, shelter, or income. It has only been a… Read more »

8 years ago

I was impressed that the play shows all different complexities in relationships in a realistic light. They also discuss places like The Netherlands that have been embracing of homosexual marriage from before the time of the play. It is curious to consider which countries allow their citizens certain personal freedoms, and which ones don”t. I am an American who visited The Netherlands a couple times, and the general public there seems very conservative and quiet. In America, the media seems to portray those who are accepting of personal freedoms that do not harm others as radical, wild, wacky, liberals. However,… Read more »

Chrissy L
Chrissy L
8 years ago

Very nicely put.. The world has gotten so Industrialized and fast paced that it is hard to stay simplistic. That it is true that men have been pushed in to more roles than the past. Women as well, by their choice or not. It takes alot to succed at work, raise a family, run a house hold, and maintain a strong healthy adult relationship. I think one of the reasons my new relationship is so successful is that my children are all grown and my partner and I have our own identies and lives. It takes a lot of pressure… Read more »

8 years ago

In the 1970 Lesbian marriage was not acceptable anywhere in the United States. In addition, people didn’t even talk about it. Because of this the ladies in this play made sure that no one new that they were Homosexuals. Now that it is 2012 people are fighting for their rights to live openly with her partner, and, although it is still a heated topic, over all, same sex couples are more accepted.

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