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11.08.2008

Somewhere I read

Here are my friends Helen and Pam. They are a couple of the marryin' est people I know.
They got married in their Quaker meeting in New York a long time ago. They got married again during mayor Newson's season of love a couple of years ago. They got married again this year when the supreme court of California said they could. They could end up getting married again sometime for all I know.
They are part of a great journey towards a new way of thinking, towards greater equality. That road is still rocky, and it still has its narrow places and obstructions. We do not know how long the road is. We do not know how many of us will see the place on that road called marriage equality. But this week we know that sometimes things move faster than we would have thought or could have dreamed.

Now watch this -



The irony is not lost on us that prop 8 may have been tipped over by people who were ready for race equality, but not ready for marriage equality.
But it doesn't matter. Because we know where the road ends.
It ends in the promised land. Certain as sure.
Pam and Helen know this because they have seen the promised land. They live in the promised land in their home. They see regular glimpses of that land in their Quaker meeting. Twice they have seen it materialize at City Hall in San Francisco. It is no less real for being a flickering spark before it becomes a solid beam.
We as a people will see it. Our grandchildren will build upon it as a foundation. As Susan B Anthony said with her dying words,
"Failure is impossible."
Now go up and watch the preacher again.
And when he says "illegal injunction"
substitue "mis-guided contitutional amendment"
And when he says "Somewhere I read"
add this...
Somewhere I read
"In Christ there is no male or female, no Jew nor Greek no free man nor slave..."
Somewhere I read
"What you do to the least of these you do to me..."
Somewhere I read
"Love each other just like I have loved you..."



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Comments:
Oh, Peggy, I wish more Christians were like you. Much love to you and yours.
 
Amen.
 
Oh, lots of chrisitians are like her. More would be very welcome, but i personally do not feel very outnumbered.

I think those who are not are just, well, louder. fortunately loud does not trump truth, and will never defeat love.
 
Peggy, thank you.

"Somewhere I read

"In Christ there is no male or female, no Jew nor Greek no free man nor slave..."

Somewhere I read

"What you do to the least of these you do to me..."

Somewhere I read

"Love each other just like I have loved you..."

Exactly. (What she said.)
 
Hi Peggy,

Thank you for this - especially as it comes from a Quaker pastor - I have just registered my civil partnership in England and am working at getting Quakers in Britain Yearly Meeting to corporately accept this as a marriage. Individually all my Friends accept it, but corporately they keep reminding me I can't call it a marriage! So thanks for reminding me there is hope.
 
Amen, sister. I pry for the day when all people will see Pam and Helen's love as equal.
 
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