Posted: 08/01/13 19:49, Edited: 08/01/13 19:51
by Dave Mindeman
There were a lot of very happy people in Minnesota yesterday. Marriages that were a long time coming, finally happened.
I know there was a lot of publicity and news coverage because of the change in Minnesota law.
But maybe now we can get back to the real idea of marriage. The celebration of two people with their families. No newspaper coverage but a lifetime of memories for those involved. That is a wedding.
Which is the reason I cannot fathom why the Minnesota Family Council and the misnamed, Minnesotans for Marriage, will continue to battle against same-sex marriage.
For what purpose?
I am certainly aware that a significant portion of Minnesota, especially rural Minnesota, do not like the idea of gay couples getting married. A lot of it is religious....some of it derives from it being different.
The bottom line is nobody is expecting people to alter their religious views. Your opinion doesn't have to change. But why stop two persons happiness because you are unwilling to accept something different?
Where does that fit into the scheme of importance? It is certainly not a matter of national security. Wouldn't seem to be interfering in other people's lives. No one is getting hurt. No one is going hungry. No one is losing property. No one is suffering financially (except for the spouses - weddings are pretty expensive....).
The only thing happening here, in reality, is that two people who love each other are making that love a committment.
Why would anyone object to that? In this age of divorces and spousal abuse and custody fights.....why in the world would we be upset that a loving relationship gets affirmed?
I understand the hoopla surrounding August 1st. The attention and coverage is well deserved. But I think the best part of all this is how future weddings will just become part of the normal fabric of our lives. A bit of joy for the couple involved....and life and contentment as usual for the rest of us.
Congratulations to all of you.