Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Ministers for a Day

Father's Day evening brought the unprecedented and soul-stirring experience of having the honor of performing the wedding ceremony for the lovely young couple mentioned in my recent post entitled "Public Speaking 101". The ceremony was flawless, I think, and our words seemed to be greatly appreciated by all present. We felt that we did our very best to honor these two beings and their sacred moment of betrothal. Although legally married for six months, this ritual of sharing private vows of devotion with family and close friends as witnesses is a time-honored tradition of publically proclaiming intentions of sacred partnership. The witnesses, in my view, are bound morally and spiritually to support and honor the couple in times of joy as well as despair, and my words during the ceremony reflected the notion of such responsibility. Mary and I were so moved by the experience---and so appreciative of one another in that context---that we are considering becoming Justices of the Peace and taking the show on the road, as it were. The fact that we live in the first state to allow legal same-sex marriages gives me even more reason to want to perform such rites for others. Another one of life's more interesting turns........

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