I am happy to report that, with the arrival of marriage equality to New Jersey, a friend and co-worker of mine, the manager of the gift shops at our sites, will be marrying his life partner today. Thirty years in a committed relationship, and finally they are able to wed. Here's a hearty high five, and a sincere wish for a long life of health and happiness to the married couple.
As an added bonus, my friend's assistant will be acting as his witness. When she told me that she would be acting in this capacity, she was positively beaming. The two of them have worked together for many years, and the wedding will be a lovely sequel to last month's punishing schedule.
Opponents to same sex marriage always talk in hyperbole and hypotheticals. They have no good reason for their opposition, only the bigoted dogmas of a minority of religious believers and distorted images of the concept of family. Marriage equality affects living human beings, and its arrival is long past due. The struggle for nationwide acceptance of same-sex marriages continues... New Jersey didn't achieve it without a battle.
The world can be a painful, sorrowful place- anything which helps people grab a chance at some joy and love is a good thing. This afternoon, my friend will be a married man, but he had to wait thirty years too long.
Félicitations, mon ami!