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Carol Anshaw Podcast: Is it time to nix all marriage in favor of civil unions?

Cathleen and I are big proponents of equal marriage rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. And as clueless straight married ladies, we expected that most gay people would share our outlook. But imagine our surprise when we chatted with author and college professor, Carol Anshaw, who also believes in equal rights…but thinks that marriage is antiquated and unnecessary and that we should all have the same right to civil unions. Eradicate marriage?! Do you think this will ever happen? As someone who has doubts about the necessity for marriage, I was surprised to find myself defending its honor.

Carol has some really strong points to make on the topic. And we hope listening to our interview with her will spur some discussion. Let us know what you think. If you are already married, do you think of the civil union as a “downgrade” from your current status, or do you think it fairly evens the playing field for anyone who wants to enter into a permanent relationship with their significant other?

Author, professor and artist Carol Anshaw

About Carol Anshaw

Carol is the author of the novels Seven Moves and Aquamarine and Lucky in the Corner. She has won the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, and Ferro-Grumley awards for fiction, and has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award three times.

Her short fiction has been anthologized, and published in various periodicals including VLS, Story and Tin House. Her stories, “Hammam” and “Elvis Has Left the Building” were chosen for inclusion in Best American Short Stories of 1994 and 1998 respectively. “Hammam” was read on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” series.

Anshaw is a past fellow of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Carol’s newest novel, Carry The One, will be released early next year by Simon and Schuster.

Learn more about Carol at her website

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