Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Never Get Tired Of These Gay Marriage Victories and Ceremonies

A Michigan judge struck down that state's gay marriage ban Friday and a number of couples in that state managed to get married before another court put the whole thing on hold. Which happened later Saturday when the Michigan Attorney General's appealed of the Friday ruling.
Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer react to the news
that a judge on Friday overturned a ban on same
sex marriage in Michigan. The couple were plaintiffs
in the case. Associated Press photo. 

Still, it seems that same gender marriage is spreading across the nation, whether you like it or not.

Gay marriage is kind of getting old hat now, at least in some parts of the world.

There's still a long way to go, of course, but I like that where gay marriage is established, it has sort of become just a routine part of the social landscape.

Still, I never fail to get a bit choked up when people somewhere obtain marriage equality.

And while the politicians still yell and scream that same sex marriage will bring about The End of Civilization, (without explaining exactly how that would happen), the actual marriages are small but intensely happy moments.

In Michigan, I love how many county clerks opened their doors for special Saturday hours to meet demand for same sex marriage licenses before Attorney General Bill Schuette (probably temporarily) shut the whole thing down.

Ingham County Michigan County Clerk Barb Byrum married 57 couples and performed 30 cermonies Saturday.  She said she opened the clerk's office for special Saturday hours because she couldn't sleep Friday night knowing so many couples wanted to get married, especially before the Attorney General stopped it all.

I know the religious folks don't like gay marriage, but these are civil ceremonies. Churches are still free to decide who they will marry and who they won't.

And I still haven't heard a convincing argument as to why gay marriage would be so damaging.

In the video below, the plaintiffs in the case watch as Friday's ruling in their favor pops up on their lawyer's laptop, and the lawyer reads what the judge has to say.

I love the reaction. You might need a tissue while watching this, though.

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