Matthew Montelongo performs his gay marriage monologue from off-Broadway’s Daniel’s Husband

Matthew Montelongo performs his gay marriage monologue from off-Broadway’s Daniel’s Husband


(pulsing music) Hi, I’m Matthew Montelongo. This is a monologue from “Daniel’s Husband,” a new play by Michael McKeever, now playing at the Westside Theatre. In this scene, my character, Mitchell Howard, is explaining to a room full of party guests why he doesn’t want to get married. No one asked him to explain why he doesn’t believe in marriage, but his partner Daniel, of seven years, is in the room. So it’s very important to him. The reason we’re not married is because I don’t believe in gay marriage. I don’t agree with the institution. I don’t with the institution of marriage in general. The entire concept of marriage? I find it outdated and musty, and fundamentally wrong. An antiquated contract, based more on financial and communal gain than on the result of any true emotional connection. It’s an archaic institution, forged in the crucible of all things evil. Religion that, over the years, has been distorted into some pooty-infested, Victorian laced, curlicue-covered concept created by Madison Avenue for the sole purpose of, once again, making money. No, no, no, don’t get me wrong. I’m not negating your right to get married. In fact, I would fight to the death for your right, for the right of any gay person to get married, if that’s what they want. But it does not mean that I have to want it for myself. Here’s a question for you. What do we gain by walking down the aisle and saying, “I do?” By having some civic or religious official proclaim us as spouses, and then having a big celebration, just like everyone else, just like any typical American? What do we gain? Here’s another question for you. When did it become so important to the gay community to be like everyone else? When did everyone else and typical become something to aspire to? For me, it’s simple. I like being different. I like being unique in a world full of normal. As a gay man, I relish not being like everyone else. I always have, and yeah. I cringe a little bit every time I hear a gaggle of insipid queens desperate to assimilate, going on about how they cater their gay weddings, with their Tiffany rings and their matching Dolce and Gabbana pinstriped suits. The only thing to be gained by gay marriage is the legal stuff. And most gay couples have already taken care of that. (pulsing music)

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