This week the mayor of my community presided over the exchanging of vows for several same-sex couples. These are not recognized legally as marriages, but the event was held in protest of a proposed amendment to our state constitution, wherein marriage would be define as, and limited to, between a man and a woman.
I would like to just take a moment to stand and provide slow applause to Mayor Kruzan and our community for their support of those who stood before them and declared their commitment to one another. Bravo.
I fully support the idea of providing equal rights to people who choose to remain committed to one another, who provide warm, loving households to children who might otherwise not have that option. To couples who don’t have the same belief system as I do. To people who just want to live their lives, and be granted the same opportunities as anyone else.
I have been granted the rights and opportunities to do a great many things. Much of that, sadly, is still because I’m a white heterosexual. Some of it is fairly “recent” because I’m also a woman. (There are also still some things where I’m viewed as lesser because of that same physical characteristic sadly.)
I hope that one day, sooner rather than later, we’re all granted those same rights and privileges. Until then, I thank Mayor Kruzan and our community for their show of solidarity!