Wednesday, June 18, 2008

impromptu chapel

I attended a meeting yesterday where everyone was a stranger. I'd been asked to speak on a thing or two and out of my element I was quietly sitting and waiting when a man stood up and began to address the crowd, his tone somewhat quiet and serious. Curious, I lean in. He starts talking about history in the making, about gays having the right to marry, how this means he is finally free to marry his long time love too. The room spontaneously broke out into applause when he said this even though this wasn't the reason for the meeting and had almost nothing to do with why folks were there. He spoke quite eloquently and it was beautiful. I felt tears prick my eyes and as he finished, this man I do not know.

And so I sat in a room of unfamiliar people and felt the warmth that comes from humans risking a moment to talk about what matters and allowing others there to say Amen.

I have some friends who are altar bound across the state, friends who love and give and honor and reach, friends who've only wanted the simple recognition so many others take for granted and is finally theirs for the choosing. And to that I also say Amen.

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28 comments:

Little Monkies said...

AMEN!

kristen said...

amen, sister. there's nothing i love MORE than seeing all these beautiful, smiling couples getting what they deserve, finally.

i read every story that's published so i can honor this right that should have been theirs for the taking.

QT said...

Add my amen to the chorus. Its about time...

Omaha Mama said...

Sing it!

jennifer said...

amen

cce said...

Astonishing that it has taken so long for such a simple dignity to be bestowed on the deserving. I suppose it is progress but conversely, it's just so damn sad that the choice to marry wasn't a given from the start.

Arwen said...

It is so sad the the separate but equal clause took this long to start being over turned. My heart brims with love when I hear these stories.

alejna said...

Amen! How beautiful.

And woohoo! It's about time, too. Now, about those other 48 states...

Defiantmuse said...

my dad and his partner of 14 years are finally getting married on Monday. Monkey and I will be there and then we're going to have a sushi and champagne picnic lunch at the marina. I'm stoked for them.

wheelsonthebus said...

And I feel bad for all the gay friends who still can't get married because they haven't found the right person!

wheelsonthebus said...

And I feel bad for all the gay friends who still can't get married because they haven't found the right person!

Amy Y said...

Amen, Mama!

Susanne said...

Phew. Finally.

thailandchani said...

This is a very positive development!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

About four years ago I attended the wedding of two good friends who, thanks to the power of the Massachusetts people, were finally allowed to marry regardless of the fact that they are two women. It brought tears to my eyes but it was nothing compared to how my friends felt.

Janet said...

Love is colour and gender blind. I truly believe it.

crazymumma said...

What a joy that must be. To love freely openly. It is far too late in coming but I welcome it nonetheless.

Don't you love how are our children will grow up with a shrug of 'well of course, whats the big deal'?

ewe are here said...

I think I was a tad disappointed when Massachusetts ruled that gay people could marry. But only bcause I was absolutely convinced that California would be first in this regard.

FINALLY!

PeterAtLarge said...

OK, great. So far. But let's all watch out for November. Because if we don't pay attention, starting now, this final act of fairness and justice could be snatched away by the "one man, one woman" folk. After the celebration, let's get to work!

patches said...

I've noticing this on the news recently and it sends shivers up my spine. I couldn't be happier about the state of California doing the right thing...especially since my home state failed to.

marymurtz said...

Peteratlarge is right--it's beautiful, but we have to work to make sure it stays in effect.

painted maypole said...

amen, indeed!

i witnessed MQ's godfathers together at an altar in CA, but it was not official according to law. now it can be.

flutter said...

amen indeed

Jennifer said...

Adding my AMEN to the beautiful chorus. My teary, shivers up my spine, hope in my heart AMEN.

Jocelyn said...

A gorgeous moment--and such moments of grace and common humanity can't be planned. They have to unfurl and surprise us.

carrie said...

Oh yeah! AMEN!

Aliki2006 said...

It IS about time...amen to this.

Christine said...

oh tyes-AMEN!!!