sex, money, and miscellany: talking about what matters

too long

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

The arc of the universe is long, wrote James Luther Adams, but it bends toward justice. I’m afraid that this morning I think it’s a little too long for my taste. I live in Maine. Our equal marriage law, signed by the governor, passed by our legislators, was overturned yesterday in a “people’s veto” process similar to the one used in California’s Proposition 8 battle.

If our law had been upheld by the people here, we would be celebrating today: celebrating equality, celebrating the ideals on which this country was founded, celebrating religious freedom–that is, my freedom to practice my faith by solemnizing marriages between two loving and consenting adults, regardless of sex or gender.

Instead we are grieving, breathing, strategizing, venting, crying, and wondering how long separate but equal will stand as an easy out for those who hold power and are unwilling to share it. Instead we are loving each other, building stronger communities, planning deeper outreach for those whose needs are great.

We will bend, but we will not break, we will not be broken, and we will be stronger for the bending. We will bend toward justice as we always have, as we always do.

And meanwhile, says Mary Oliver, the world goes on.


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