Linda Perry on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision: It Only Took 4,364 Years (Guest Column)

Linda Perry, Billboard 2014.
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Linda Perry photographed by David Needleman on May 1, 2014 at Kung Fu Gardens in Los Angeles.

Either the gays have raised enough money to finally buy off the Supreme Court or a Justice of the Peace has been appointed head of the Supremes.

This morning I woke up, fed the dogs, got dressed, kissed my awesome wife, Sara, goodbye, got in my car and headed to my studio for the day. As I was driving over Laurel Canyon -- famous in the 1960s for being the cool place where L.A. rock stars such as Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, The Byrds and Joni Mitchell were unwittingly recording history -- I had no idea that the Supreme Court struck down five cases trying to ban gay marriage.

As I walked into my studio, I heard the news. Honestly, I was barely affected. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation from refining my conspiracy theories -- like earth 2, who really shot JFK, Bush and friends …

Anyway, I’m sitting there thinking: what exactly are we fighting for? If you scroll through history, the first recorded evidence of a marriage dates back to 2350 B.C. These ceremonies had nothing to do with love. They were a way to guarantee a man's child was truly his biological heir. Through marriage, a woman became a man's property. Back then, if a man wasn't happy with his wife, he could simply return her and get a new one, much like the sheets set I just bought.

A contract found in Egypt promised a man to a 14-year-old girl in exchange for six cows. Oh, but that was Egypt. They were far more advanced.

By the 8th Century, the Roman Catholic Church got involved and deemed it necessary that a priest perform a ceremony to bestow God's Grace. Love was still not playing an active role in this sacrament.

Love did finally show up as a motivating force in the Middle Ages. Everyone blamed the French for that. Those damn romantic assholes, how dare they?

So what are we fighting for? Honestly, I believed for a long time that the reason people in power didn't want to legalize same sex marriage had nothing to do with rejecting gays. It was a money thing. If everyone could get married, well, then everyone would get benefits. And if everyone got benefits, then someone had to pay for it. Governments would be losing out on billions of dollars. While gay culture was growing richer, someone's pockets would be getting poorer. And so on.

But let's go back to that love thing. It may not have started from the most divine space, but it seems that marriage has been in some 4,364-year purifying process. I’d like to quote the incomparable Barbra Streisand, “One love that is shared by two, I have found with you.”

In spite of all the conspiracy theories and as corrupt as this institution is, maybe what we are fighting for is that the beauty of love belongs to everyone.

By the way I was married in March and my six cows still haven’t shown up.

Songwriter and producer Linda Perry has worked on hit singles with Christina Aguilera, Pink and Gwen Stefani, among others. A longtime vegan, she married 'The Talk' co-host Sara Gilbert in March 2014 and the two are expecting their first child.


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