Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Inequality Wins

I am so frustrated at the decision the California supreme court handed down. On the one hand, the 18,000 couples who were married in that brief period of time between the last court decision and election day are still married. That's good. I just keep seeing joy on the faces of Linda and Lucina when I pronounced that they were married after over 20 years together and multiplying that 18,000 times.

On the other hand, the court decided to uphold injustice and inequality for some. This is so wrong. I am angry and determined to continue to fight for equal rights (and rites) for all Americans.

There are some ministers who have decided to protest this decision by refusing to sign marriage licenses. They will continue to celebrate the service of Christian Matrimony for all who come - gay or straight - but will advise all brides and grooms that they must have the license signed by an official of the county in which they are being married until such time as all persons may be legally married. After much prayerful consideration, I have decided to do the same.

It is important to me that I keep praying for everyone involved, that God's love might invade every heart.

2 comments:

Brian said...

That is a prophetic and couragous stand. It is only a matter of time before this issue is resolved in favor of justice. The younger generations have less of an issue with homosexuality. This holds true regardless of political labels. Still, I feel for those who suffer now.

rev maria said...

Thanks Brian. I am just so grateful that the court upheld the marriages that were entered during the few months they were legal.

It seems to me that the fact that the California Supreme Court did uphold the marriages told me that the justices were not, in fact, deciding against gay marriage. Rather, they were deciding on whether what the voters decide really counts.

Now to get rid of the law that a simple majority of voters can amend the state constitution!