Ben Gibbard of indie icons Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service is a man with no qualms about his position on marriage equality. And for good reason: his own sister is a gay woman, who recently married her partner.
In a new Op-Ed for The Daily Beast – which is not his first on the subject – Gibbard makes a case for why everyone should support gay marriage through telling the story of his sister's coming out. In the article he maintains that whenever his sister recounts the story, she says that she came out and he had virtually no reaction to it – "In the context of our relationship and the community of people I grew up with, there wasn’t anything shocking or world-altering about someone coming out," he says.
When speaking of her June 2009 wedding ceremony, he recalls it as everything him and his parents could have ever expected from a wedding ceremony, and more.
He particularly remembers speaking to his father during the wedding and him saying, “This is more wonderful than anything I could have expected for my daughter ... This is it;” His father's world was initially turned upside down by the news of his daughter's sexual orientation.
Steadfast, Gibbard declares, "My familial ties are one of the many reasons that I’ve become involved in raising money to help push through Referendum 74 (R-74), to approve the February 2012 bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Washington." "The fight for marriage equality bears many similarities to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s," he continues. "We can now look back at a generation of people who are parents and grandparents who were not in support of this, and now have to look their children and grandchildren in the eye and explain why they weren’t for equal rights for all." [The Daily Beast]