Playboy founder/editor/mogul Hugh Hefner takes up the issue of marriage equality in an editorial in the September issue of Playboy magazine. Altho the issue has yet to hit newsstands, the text of his editorial has made its way to the Internets. As you can read below, Hefner makes an impassioned case that the matter of marriage equality is not only a fight for gay rights but it is also a fight for the rights of every US citizen, which is something that I completely agree with. Click below to read Hugh Hefner’s Playboy editorial and see what you think about what he has to say.
“The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time. Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life. [Conservatives continue] to assault the right of gays, whether by denying them to right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds. In Arizona, under a proposal bill women who hoped to have their health insurer cover birth control would have been forced to provide their employer with proof they were taking the pill for a medical condition — not just for the purpose of avoiding pregnancy. A new Kansas law allows a pharmacist to refuse to sell someone contraception on the grounds that such a sale could violate the pharmacist’s religious beliefs. Similar laws already exist in Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota. This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. … No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”
While Playboy magazine is mostly known for its nude pictorials, the magazine has enjoyed a reputation of excellent journalism, one-of-a-kind interviews and well-written articles on news of day (contrary to what you may think, some people actually DO read Playboy for the articles). I applaud Hefner for taking up the issue of marriage equality as the subject of his editorial. Our society is at a turning point where marriage equality is concerned. I believe entirely that the right to marry will be afforded to all US citizens very soon — and hopefully in the not-too-distant future, same-sex marriage will be so commonplace that it won’t even be considered an issue at all. Until then, this kind of support for marriage equality is important. Well said, Hef, thanks for your support.