National Cathedral to Host 1st Same-Sex Weddings
As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968. The cathedral draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. […]
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the cathedral’s dean, said performing same-sex marriages is an opportunity to break down barriers and build a more inclusive community “that reflects the diversity of God’s world.”
“I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do,” Hall told the AP. “And my reading of the Bible leads me to want to do this because I think it’s being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be.” [photo]
Brigadier General Tammy Smith made history today as the highest ranking openly gay officer. Here with her wife, Tracey Hepner, left, co-founder of Military Partners & Families Coalition.
I’ve been forced to explain homosexuality to my kids (aged 3 and 4) because their uncle is gay. This incredibly difficult and traumatic experience went as follows:
Child: Why does Uncle Bob go everywhere with Pete?
Me: Because they’re in love, just like Mummy and Daddy are.
Child: Oh. Can I have a biscuit?
We’re all scarred for life. Scarred, I tell you.
“You can have as many debates about gay marriage as you want, and over the last 22 years of campaigning for it, I’ve had my share. You can debate theology, and the divide between church and state, the issue of procreation, the red herring of polygamy, and on and on. But what it all really comes down to is the primary institution of love. The small percentage of people who are gay or lesbian were born, as all humans are, with the capacity to love and the need to be loved. These things, above everything, are what make life worth living. And unlike every other minority, almost all of us grew up among and part of the majority, in families where the highest form of that love was between our parents in marriage. To feel you will never know that, never feel that, is to experience a deep psychic wound that takes years to recover from. It is to become psychologically homeless. Which is why, I think, the concept of “coming out” is not quite right. It should really be called “coming home.””
—Andrew Sullivan (above with husband): Why Gay Marriage is Good for Straight America
Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov celebrate after being the first New York City couple to marry at Manhattan’s City Clerk’s Office on Sunday, July 24, 2011. [Photo: Jason DeCrow/AP]
Andy and Tanner, 18 and 16, Orinda, CA
“[I realized I was gay] when someone told me what the word ‘gay’ meant in fifth or sixth grade,” says Andy, right. “I came out when I was 13,” says Tanner, left. “But I knew when I was 11 for sure.”
Coming Out in America: Michael Sharkey’s Queer Kids