Last Winter, Ben and I discovered Macklemore's performance of the now hit song Same Love on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. I recommend watching it. It's pretty fab. We were instantly moved by the words, and the movement that's followed has been, well, moving. Being resolute in our commitment to support civil rights, we decided long ago not to enter into a legal marriage... yet. It feels a bit icky to us to be admitted to an exclusive club that is only open to some humans, not all. Yes, I was married once before, 12 years ago. In my youth and vanity, this didn't occur to me. It does now.
What a victory it was in June when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. We are still waiting for logistics to be in place here in Michigan allowing ALL consenting adult humans to be married. I have faith that day will soon arrive. And that one day our children will think it's just as terribly absurd that GLBT couples couldn't be legally wed as my generation finds it incredulous that up until 1967 interracial marriage was prohibited. 1967!! That's just (ahem) 10 years before I was born. Crazy. When Macklemore accepted the MTV award for best video with a social message for the song mentioned above, he said "gay rights are human rights- there is no separation." Amen.
I'll be honest. I got teary watching the footage of the Same Love performance at the year's Video Music Awards. I won't even blame it on my