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Love in 36 Questions
Back in 2013, Edmund White got married. Like so many places around the country, his home state of New York began to issue gay marriage licences—but White’s motivation wasn’t activism or even romantic love. His walk to the altar was driven by practical concerns: his longtime partner, Michael Carroll, was going to lose his health insurance unless they tied the knot.
In this wide-ranging interview with Anne Strainchamps, White speaks with the insight of a man who has seen firsthand the key moments in the struggle for gay rights over the last half of the 20th century and the first 15 years of the 21st, from Stonewall to the AIDS crisis to gay marriage. While late to embrace the specific cause of gay marriage, the “reluctant groom” (as he once called himself), is finding the institution largely comfortable, as well as legally and economically beneficial. And yet, he is still a sharp and occasionally critical observer of the political and personal struggle for gay rights.