Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Finally free to marry

Two of my best friends just got married; to each other.  They have been together 25 years and a more loving and generous couple I have yet to meet.  Yet it has taken 25 years before they have been allowed by their states to be married. 
They have always been very low key.  Not out there or in your face...though I most likely would have been both.  Instead my dear friends kept their love private, between family, a few friends and God.
Finally they are in the same world the rest of us who love our spouses occupy.  They can visit each other in hospitals, sign death certificates and make funeral arrangements for their beloved.  They can inherit each other's financial and personal effects with no legal disputes.  Most of all they can love another freely and legally.
I am so happy for them and proud of them.
They have braved non acceptance from those previously dearest to them, and scorn and derision for too many unnamed and unkind persons they met or who are in their lives.  They have born insults from the right and sometimes the left wings, clergy, the military, and even their governments.  All that is in the past for them now. 
If only those of you who have ears would listen.  Governments, local and foreign, need to change their laws to that of acceptance for the rights and concerns of all of their citizens..

Matthew 5:45

The Message (MSG)
43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

If God causes his sun to shine on all, how can governments do less.
I am so proud and happy for my dearest friends, and for all the others who share in the same benefits, under God and the Law.