Love shouldn’t be illegal, but I don’t know of a point where it wasn’t for some kind of marginalized person.
Maybe, that little fact of life should be something writers start keeping in mind as they work on their pseudo-Shakespearean forbidden love stories that center you know… heterosexual white couples whose main relationship drama comes from having powers or weird blood or… whatever people want to use as a stand in for real life diversity that leads to persecution and unfair marriage laws.
In this (very late) Worldbuilding Wednesdays post, I talk about how the “forbidden love”/”love is illegal” angle of many pieces of media kind of just co-opt the experiences of actual real life people whose marriages and relationships have been deemed illegal… for straight white werewolves or vampires.
Star-crossed romances are cool and part of the joy is in watching the characters overcome obstacles, but I really wish it didn’t frequently come with the air that love is only illegal in that specific world and nowhere else…
Worldbuild responsibly, folks.