"And they lived happily ever after": Gene Robinson and Mark Andrew Are In a Civil Union
In America, the script calls for wedding dresses, tuxes, cakes, flowers, candles, music, half-filled columns of colored sand to be mixed (don't ask), doves, mylar balloons, rice or bird seed in a bag ready to be thrown in celebration as an ancient fertility-cult practice.
All of that was missing in the picture of Mark Andrew and Gene Robinson's "civil union photo," posted on towleroad.com this morning. What was present was love: watching the two men gazing with love into one another's eyes was heart-warming, though the person in the middle looked less than thrilled to be in the photo. (click here).
Will they live happily ever after? Their lives are already a witness to the power of love as they maintain a relationship that includes a daily dose of harassment, uncomfortable stares, being able to withstand the onslaught of name calling nationally and universally, bullet-proof vests, and guards.
What a way to begin "unionized" life!
With my morning coffee mug, I toast Gene and Mark! Happy Trails!
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I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: email@example.com, and phone is 919-444-9111