Going Public, Being Honored: the Meaning of Marriage
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
A young couple, after years of planning, are happily married in a church before family and friends; or again, two older people, both previously married and widowed, go down to the Justice of the Peace to tie the knot after knowing each other only three weeks (the marriage lasts for decades and they both die within weeks of each other); or again, a couple who have been unable to marry because they live in different countries finally overcome bureaucratic red tape, get together, and experience the joy of having their love publicly recognized and blessed.
Really, who doesn’t feel a profound happiness for these people?
Today, the United States Supreme Court did the right thing: it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing many gay couples to enjoy the blessings of marriage and offering hope to others that their unions will achieve the acceptance and support that they deserve. How can marriage, this fundamental step to the formation of family, be wrong? Surely quality of relationship is what matters.
So RT doffs his hat to everyone who will be able, because of today’s ruling, to walk down the aisle with the person who means the most in the world to them. Happy endings like this should happen more often.
Painting: Yoruba Bride; Harmon Foundation-NARA. WikiCmns; Public Domain.