Like all of us, I have loved attending same-sex weddings these last few months. My first was watching Attorney General Mark Herring help Carol Schall and Mary Townley tie the knot in front of the John Marshall Courts Building. The blissed couple, like most of our gang who have marched to the altar, have already been together a long time.
Two men who I watched jump over the broom had been together for 25 years. When one groom was asked if he would love cherish and take care of his better half, he loudly replied, "Have been and will continue!" The congregation erupted into laugher.
Statistics show that about 50% of American marriages end in divorce. Our nuptials will greatly help those numbers. Most of us getting married nowadays have relationships that have already withstood the test of time. As one Episcopal priest shared as he was marrying two local women who had been together for decades, "This is one couple I do not have to worry about making it work."
And we have made our relationships successful without the enormous support that our heterosexual friends enjoy. So while groups such as the Family Foundation curse our efforts and warn that the sky will fall, if they pay attention, they just might learn a thing or two. Now, would not that be something?