It's May 17. While not as popular as June, this is going to be a big wedding weekend around these parts, and probably your neck of the woods, too.
Ten years ago on this very day, there was an unexpected spike in marriages. This Commonwealth decided not to restrict who could marry each other, and homosexuals across the state were finally able to join their heterosexual brethren before the official of their choice.
When Massachusetts did it, it was a bold and controversial step. At the time, my state representative lived two doors down from me. Not long after the vote, I ran across him at a local event, and I made a point to corner him and personally thank him for his vote. He's since left the legislature, but I still see him every week since our kids are on the same soccer team, but I digress.
In the ensuing ten years, terrible things have happened here. Oh, there have been the plagues of boils, water turning to blood, locusts, flies...but what really upset me was the deaths of all the firstborn. Funny thing, that. There's warnings in the Bible not only against homosexuality, but against even supporting such things.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men...For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burning in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful...that those who practice these things are worthy of death, and not only those who do the same but also those who approve of those who practice them!"
(Romans 1:18, 26, 27, 32)
But you'll note the ellipses. It seems to me that the folks at "Bible Warnings
" have done a little cherry-picking, don't you think?
According to the opposition, it's all a terrible sin, and bad juju is bound to happen at some point. I'm encouraged that it hasn't happened yet. Perhaps the compassion and intrinsic fairness of Christ is powerful enough to override the meanness and narrow interpretations of Paul, who wrote the above passage.
In any case...should you be married to somebody, celebrate today as you would your own anniversary. It's important enough that this Commonwealth recognized the fact that sometimes people fall in love with a person...not their anatomy.