Behold, beautiful and confused children of Earth: The smoke has cleared, the glitter bomb has settled and finally the world-famous "homosexual agenda" has, once and for all, screamed itself alive.
You know that moment we all look forward to at a wedding when the bride comes down the aisle and, for the first time, we get to see that beautiful white dress? Well, it's even more magical when there are two white dresses.
The gay families are in, our children are watching, and you just know that they're reporting back to the Big Gal in the sky, from place-settings, car seats and pond walks everywhere.
New York stands to make $391 million as the 'NYC I DO' campaign attracts tens of thousands of visitors within the next three years. The state knows legalizing gay marriage is not only important on a human level, but on an economic one. The same cannot be said for New Jersey.
This week, Norway's peace was shattered by homegrown terror; the Murdochs dodged inquiries -- and a pie -- in Parliament; and Michele Bachmann's migraines gave her campaign a splitting headache. In Washington, the "Grand Bargain" on the debt ceiling fell apart, leading President Obama to lament being "left at the altar" and John Boehner to blame the failure on "different visions for our country." But, in truth, neither side is addressing the simple mathematical reality that we will never be able to reduce the deficit unless we prioritize growth. Trying to eliminate our debt by spending cuts that will reduce consumer demand and tax revenues, and prolong the recession, is like deciding to remove the gas tank from a stalled car and hope for the best instead of restarting it with jumper cables. Elsewhere, today is the first day gays can marry in New York so, unlike the "left at the altar" president, same-sex couples will finally be able to tie the knot. Congratulations, newlyweds!
Tomorrow, NY will join Massachusetts as one of six states that recognize same-sex couples' right to marry, and our country comes a step closer to ensuring that every person is free to marry whomever they love.
A sacrament, and I believe marriage is one, is a manifestation of God's grace and love, an outward and visible sign, we say. Something you can see and understand that points to what God might be like.
Our task as clergy is not to marry everyone who asks. It is to provide honest and caring direction to couples who seek to embark on that awesome task of binding their hearts and minds together.
There are in fact two very different Catholic voices that elected officials in New York and elsewhere around the country have to navigate: the big "C" voice of the Catholic bishops, and the little "c" voices of Catholics in the pews.
With New York State's recent legalization of gay marriage, it is a good time to discuss another pressing issue; that is the problem of same sex divor...
If marriage truly is a sacrament, as many Christians (including myself) believe, then we need to be much more concerned with developing a robust theology of marriage and making that understood among our congregations than with mobilizing them to deny the right of a civil marriage to same-sexed partners.
I approached the confessional with trepidation. I entered, sat down, dispensed with the formalities and faced the 60-something-year-old priest. "Father," I said, "I'm gay."
"Here's to including, not excluding, kindhearted people ... who want nothing more than to find the right person, settle down, and one day perhaps get married."
I have always wondered about some of the arguments people use against the legalization of same-sex marriage. These are not unintelligent people, yet, we see fundamental issues of faith and life in such different ways.
It really is a shame that these White House hopefuls haven't an ounce of the courage displayed by a handful of Republicans in the New York State Senate.