Friday, June 26, 2015
Even before I read the fantastic news this morning, my heart felt so full of love. That's what I texted my husband just awhile ago: "My heart is so filled with love for you."
We fell asleep last night, close together and after thirty years of marriage, this still makes me feel at peace and content and safe and good and so very fortunte.
When I was a child, only couples of the opposite sex could experience that feeling with their life-long love as a given. Homosexuality was considered by many and certainly by the church and the law as a sin, a shame, a thing to be hidden. Where was the space in all of that for peace, contentment, safety and goodness?
And yet, in so many cases, love prevailed even then.
And then again, how many lives were destroyed because it could not?
Today, THIS DAY, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America said no to the haters, the throwers of sin-talk, those who use their religion to rationalize their fears and ignorance, their inability to accept that love is love and all human beings are deserving of the right to join together with their life-long love in the light. They declared that there is no rational nor legal reason to prevent same-sex couples from being married.
I am awed that this has happened in my lifetime. And pleased beyond measure.
So let us not talk about those who would condemn this opening of doors and windows and arms and hearts. Let us celebrate love and light. Let us celebrate those who merely want to be able to lie in the arms of their love, to be able to raise their families in dignity and with the rights and benefits of all families. Let us glory in this moment and remember all of those who fought (sometimes to the death) to have the right to come out of the darkness in which society has tried to hold them in.
It is no longer "the love which cannot be named."
It is simply, merely, astoundingly, miraculously, profoundly, love.
Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
Amen and Hallelujah.