In my Lyft carpool today the other passenger said he was from Canada and moved here with his wife two years ago. Our driver said he first moved here in 1967 after a stint at the Monterey Naval Academy. He said that was the year the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v.Virginia in which laws prohibiting interracial marriage were deemed invalid. The passenger said how crazy it was to think our driver was alive when that ruling occurred. “I don’t understand Americans and their laws sometimes, how would that be ever be questioned?”
I am going to take this to Mr. Rogers levels right now, but I couldn’t help myself. I chimed in that after the ruling today, hopefully that will be the same response my nephews have that gay marriage wasn’t recognized by the Supreme Court until 2015. It is unbelievable to think that in our families lifetimes there have been laws that dictated to us who we could have by our side up there at the altar, who could be in the room with us if we were having an operation, who would rightfully inherit our estate if something were to happen. For many of us our rights have never been threatened. We attend weddings and funerals and don’t have to worry if either of those things would change if we chose to move out of state. For the men and women who are finally able to breathe a financial-emotional-adoptive parent-legal-sigh of relief: today is the first time they’ve been able to do so.
Love is not always easy. But love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Today those words finally ring true for ALL of us. Hopefully those looking down who didn’t get to share in this day find comfort and promise in this step. Just one step in the journey, but one that leaves one hell of a footprint. I’d like to think that today a rainbow flag flies on the moon.