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Marriage Equality, Take #2

Judge Walker’s ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 was issued this past Wednesday, and I find myself relieved but underwhelmed. What I thought would be a major victory for my son and others like him turns out to be just one of the seemingly innumerable hurdles that must be overcome. I am more frightened and weary than celebratory.

This is in strong contrast to my experience a mere sixteen months ago, when Iowa moved into the ranks of states supporting marriage equality. I was an enthralled participant in local rallies and blogged about it in these pages: http://adrianakraft.com/2009/04/04/proud-to-be-an-iowan/.

The people and organizations that oppose marriage equality seem powerful and hate-driven. The rhetoric is so repulsive to me I can hardly stand to read it. Two days after the ruling, a Republican who lost the primary race for the Iowa gubernatorial nomination announced he would organize to unseat the three Iowa Supreme Court judges who are up for retention in this year’s election. “If the judges can do this to marriage, every one of your freedoms is up for grabs,” he said during a news conference Friday.

So I find myself of like mind with Diane Silver, one of the bloggers over at The Bilerico Project. As she so eloquently puts it, Judge Walker and the lawyers who argued the case for repeal of Prop 8 “can only move the ball down the field. They can’t actually save us. The only people who can save us is us and our straight allies.” There is work to be done.

 

What are Your Hottest Fantasies?

What are some of your hottest erotic fantasies?

That’s the question that guides the erotic scenes we create in our novels. Two persons write erotic romance together under the pen name Adriana Kraft – myself and my husband. When we develop the story arc for a new book, we reach for characters and plots that will allow us to explore those fantasies and flesh them out, for ourselves and for our readers.

We write primarily LGBT erotic romance. I ran into an interesting phenomenon at an online chat recently where I was promoting our Extasy Books series, Swinging Games. Someone asked who the hero of the series was based on, and I answered he was a happily married man whose wife is bi. Another reader chimed in “lucky man.” As fast as I could type, I responded “Lucky woman. She gets it both ways.”

We have a lot in common with the hero and heroine of that series. Jennifer and Brad are in their mid fifties, with their children grown and out of the home. They, like we, have renewed energy to explore sexual fantasies and take action. They turn to swinging – we turn to writing about them!

Jennifer’s fantasies? She’s finally figured out she’s attracted to women as well as men, and she’s never had a chance to try that out before. She wants to enjoy pleasuring and being pleasured by another woman – or maybe two of them. She’d also love to try having two men at the same time, focused entirely on giving her pleasure. And because she loves Brad, she’d love to be part of delivering the classic threesome for him – two women, focused entirely (well, almost!) on giving him pleasure.

Brad’s fantasies? An f/m/f three-way, for sure. Just imagining making love with two women at once is an incredible turn on for him. He’d also love to watch two women with each other – especially if one of them is Jen and she’s having the time of her life. And secretly, deep down inside, he’s beginning to fantasize what it might be like to be with another man.

The swing lifestyle delivers all this for them and even more.  Who knew how totally decadent it would feel to have three or even four pairs of hands giving pleasure at the same time? Or what a turn on it would be just to watch someone they love giving and receiving pleasure with someone else? What they were unprepared for was the exquisite effect of these experiences on their relationship and their own sexual practice. New energy, new encounters and new fantasies continue to fuel and enliven everything they do together, even when they are by themselves.

And writing about it delivers the same for us – and, we hope, for all of you who read our books.

Here are links to some excerpts from our Swinging Games series:

Anticipation

Hookups

A Tempting Taste

Complexities

The Adventure Continues

 

It’s Iowa’s turn

Last April I stood on the steps of our local county courthouse on April 3, the day the Iowa Supreme Court handed down its decision about marriage equality. All over the state, OneIowa had organized local rallies of supporters who pledged to gather at 5pm, no matter which way the decision went. I truly didn’t expect a positive result, and I can’t describe the exhilaration, pride and relief I felt as some forty or fifty of us held placards, waved to passers by (all of whom were friendly!) and heard heartfelt words from straight supporters and members of the LGBT community about what this means for all of us. Our child can now marry—Happily Ever After is for everyone.

That victory is now in grave danger. The Iowa State Legislature opens today for its annual session and foes of marriage equality are pouring funds into their campaign to change Iowa’s State Constitution so that the legal rights of marriage will only be available to opposite sex couples. If you’re an Iowan and you care about this cause, now is the time to take action. If you’re not from Iowa, pour your energies into wherever the battle is waging in your own state, and please consider donating to state or national marriage equality organizations. For us in Iowa, that would be OneIowa. Nationally, a good option is Marriage Equality USA.

The beauty, excitement and long term happiness in LGBT relationships is a constant theme in the books we write – we’re a married couple, writing LGBT erotic romance under the pen name Adriana Kraft. Most of the time our heroines are bisexual, and their happy endings span the spectrum of relationship possibilities. We hope you’ll check out some of our published books.

In 2010, we’re thrilled to be part of a project that will provide concrete support for marriage equality.

To Love and To Cherish
an anthology of lesbian love and marriage
from loveyoudivine‘s FemErotica line

and the writers of Sapphic Planet
edited by Beth Wylde and Lara Zielinsky


To Love and To Cherish is an anthology of fourteen stories celebrating lesbian relationships, and all profits from its sale will benefit Marriage Equality USA. The stories will be released by Love You Divine in a series of e-books beginning on January 29, and all fourteen will be combined in a print release on Valentine’s Day.

 
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