Friday, June 05, 2009

Marriage Equality in Six States

New Hampshire, Iowa, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, & Massachusetts have so far led the way to marriage equality in the U.S. Some will insist this is proof that the world is ending, and maybe they're right. Maybe the worldview that says the majority can control, oppress, or marginalize the minority is finally ending and being replaced by a genuine respect for diversity and inclusion. Maybe the world where marriage is a heterosexual privilege is coming to an end and is being replaced by one where all citizens are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity. Maybe the world where prejudice disguised as religious values is coming to an end and is being replaced by a world where spirituality is defined by affirming the sacred value of all people. Maybe the world where fears and hatreds are codified in constitutions is coming to an end and a new world where "liberty and justice for all" is no longer a mere slogan but a lived reality is being established. Yes, maybe the world of heterosexism is being threatened by a new world of tolerance and goodwill. That may be the worst fear of some, but the deepest hope of others. May the world of hope replace the world of fear soon and very soon. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins
Sunshine Cathedral

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