Andrew Sullivan and his Partner's First Wedding Anniversary
I think Andrew Sullivan makes many good points about marriage and gays in his latest entry on andrewsullivan.com, though I wish he would include his partner's name and not just focus on his own name and identity. Most married couples--straight ones at least--do mention their spouses name at least once.
Anyway: Sullivan is right in these ways: * Marriage gives people another name to call those of us who are LGBTQ and in relationship: spouse. We are still partners, lovers, and even, at times, friends, though that is something harder to attain.
* Weddings: straight people, and those of us who are LGBTQ who have been performing weddings, know all the rites and legends about weddings.
* Why are we calling them "gay" or "lesbian" weddings? Isn't a wedding a wedding? Or do the two we are seeing wed who are gay all that different from the straight couple being married?
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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