Celebrating Marriage Equality!

It’s been 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed marriage equality and began legal marriages of same-sex couples, and we think that means it’s time to party!

Massachusetts is the state this Texas boy now lives in and where the church I serve is. And here, we’ve had marriage equality (that is, legally-recognized marriages between all couples, not just heterosexual ones) for a full decade. The First Parish in Malden, Universalist, will be holding a celebration of marriage equality during our worship 10:30 a.m. May 4 complete with a mass vow renewal ceremony and reception with wedding cake afterwards (see the details here). Any and all are invited to join us. And credit where credit is due: a parishioner in the congregation my wife serves, the Unity Church in North Easton, Mass., came up with this idea, and will be hosting their own celebration next month.

Now, more on this. I’m a white, straight, cisgender, married, middle-class guy, so I have a lot of privilege, and it might seem like marriage equality wouldn’t necessarily be high on my list of things to care about, personally. But the thought of someone (much less my government) telling me I can’t marry pisses me off. And the thought that those same people, that same government, is telling my friends, my family members, my colleagues in ministry, my fellow Unitarian Universalists, that some of them can’t marry their beloved upsets me just as much. Moreover, the lack of legal protections and privileges for these same-sex couples is wrong — there’s no other word for it. Our nation is slowly, painfully slowly, moving towards marriage equality, but only 17 states, and Washington, D.C., recognize same-sex marriages. And — no shock here — my home state, Texas, is not one of them.

At the same time, I know that legally recognizing same-sex marriages is just one step on a journey to equality and non-discrimination. There are an endless number of issues of discrimination we must work to end, and this is not even the most important of them. But still, it’s one step, and an important one. I’m going to celebrate our progress on this, and then get back to working for more.

Join us for the celebration, or host your own!

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