I can hardly read or talk about today’s Supreme Court decision without tearing up. I honestly cannot believe it. Gay marriage has been legal in my lovely state for over 6 years now (what a proud day that was – our conservative little state granted rights to a minority group before they were told by the federal government they had to do so!), but I truly wondered if I would ever see this day, when all Americans are free to marry the person they love regardless of their sexual orientation.
As I was driving the boys home from the neighbor’s today, I told Matthew that this was a very important day because, “mommies can now marry mommies, and daddies can now marry daddies, like your mommy married your daddy.” He does not understand this at all (and of course you don’t have to be parents to get married – duh!), but I felt the need to tell him how important this day is. Because it is. My children and I have both witnessed a very important piece of history in our shared lifetimes together. I will tell them about this one day, and will tell them where we were when we heard the news. What is interesting to me is that they will never know anything different.
Isn’t that amazing? Our children will never know what it’s like to be told that they can only get married if they marry someone of the opposite sex. This amazes me in the same way that I’m awed by the fact that they will never know what a real dial tone sounds like, or know how to use computers without touch screens. It’s just… weird.
And it’s awesome!