Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Moving Forward with Marriage Equality in US Senate

From www.parentsociety.com

In Sunday school and youth group gatherings, I delighted many children with the Peter Singer version of the Garden Song: “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow, gonna mulch it deep and low, gonna make it fertile ground.”

There were wonderful hand signs that went with the song, which also engaged the young children’s and adult’s bodies as well as minds and spirits. The entire song is about nurturing Mother Earth with steady, persistent efforts of care, concern, and love; taking out weeds and stones that impeded growth while making rows deep and planting seeds well-embedded into the ground, so that the rain and sun nurture the land. In turn, these seeds will grow into beautiful plants to feed people and bring beauty to the eye of the beholder.

I am reminded of this song as I watch the growing support for marriage equality among the members of the U.S. Senate on both sides of the political aisles.

With the hearing of the Prop 8 and DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) before the Supreme Court of the U.S. in the past few weeks, there was an unexpected show of support from various members of the U.S. Senate. One by one, U.S. Senators started to express their support of marriage equality. About mid-week of the Supreme Court hearing, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Biden, there were over fifty Senators who expressed support for same-sex marriage. This initially included Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, and now Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.

Read more here: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/report-a-majority-of-u-s-senators-support-marriage-equality/

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