Going to the Chapel and we’re gonna get married…
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal cases for Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Indiana. This means that marriage equality in those states have won. Virginia has already changed their forms.
This morning at around 11:30, I called the Racine County Clerk’s Office and spoke with Pat. She very sweetly informed me that yes, they were issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. I cried.
I’m really torn and stunned by this. I’ve overjoyed that Cheryl and I can now make it legal, but I wish my mom was still here.
For a very long time, my mother was against gay marriage. We went round and round. Then, one day, I either explained it better or she just gave up the fight, because she agreed with me. For the rest of her life, at least once a month, she would say to me, “Why don’t they just let you get married?”
Now, they are letting us get married and she’s not here to see it. In the year and four months, since she’s been gone, I don’t think I’ve missed her more.
So, now, Cheryl and I have to pick a date. I think we’ve narrowed it down to two. 🙂
According to football great, David Tyree, gay marriage will lead to “anarchy”. Tell that to Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. All five states recognize marriage equality and I don’t see them falling under anarchy. To Tyree, fighting gay marriage is a way to honor his God. Fine, if you believe that gay marriage dishonors God, then don’t have one. I find marriage inequality dishonors our founding fathers, our constitution and our country. We pride ourselves on being a free society, yet we don’t recognize the basic human right to allow our citizens to marry another adult.
While I respect Tyree’s opinion and his right to broadcast it, I believe he’s wrong. He’s missed the point of marriage equality. It doesn’t take away anything from straight marriages – it just adds to the pot of stable, legally recognized couples. Further, if he wants to protect straight marriage, perhaps he should work toward outlawing divorce – that thing that has caused a huge decline in longlasting marriages.
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The National Organization for Marriage – NOM – is holding a huge fundraiser to prevent marriage equality in this great country of ours. If you believe that marriage is between two people who are in love, please consider donating to Freedom to Marry. I believe that this isn’t a tax deductible donation because they are a political organization, but any little bit you can give will help move our nation into the light of marriage equality.
You know, we all have a gay cousin…Wouldn’t you like to attend his or her legal marriage ceremony? I know I would. (But, in my family, I am the gay cousin.)