The other day, my fiancee and I had a brief, yet looming encounter with a man who felt it necessary to speak loudly about his disapproval of what he called “gay marriage.” As we tried to disengage and stay focused on our own coffee and conversation, it was apparent that unless she said otherwise, I was going to address this man, for aggressively stating his unsolicited opinion over us, from 7 feet away. “If they can marry, it will be a disaster. God made man and woman…” he continued.
I asked my fiancee if she would mind giving me a kiss, as we got up to walk away. She agreed and after we shared an affectionate peck, I turned to him and said, “We are not a disaster,” and we walked away. Before walking away, we both heard him say in a slimy perverted tone, “Well I like that.”
“Of course you do, you double-minded, broken old man,” I wanted to say.
Instead, we walked away and I felt this piece welling up in my heart… some words I have never said about marriage equality… some words I’ve never said about the woman who wants to marry me… some words that I hope will mirror what many of us are saying, when we say that equality matters.
Equality matters because when she says she loves me…
She is saying that of all the people who have crossed her path, the day she met me, something changed for the better.
She is saying that of all the outcomes she could have for her life, none of them would be as meaningful without me in the picture.
She is saying that when she seeks comfort, wisdom, rest, joy, or a sense of hope, she considers me a source.
She is saying that if there is a God, this love is the kind upon which God smiles.
She is saying that feeling safe and loved now includes knowing if I am feeling safe and loved.
She is saying her future and my future now interconnect in ways that make the past a story to cherish and an influence to honor.
Equality matters because love matters… because her words matter more to me than any other woman who whispered, “I love you,” into my ear.
Equality matters… because eventually for some of us, there is one person who comes along and says these things in a way that changes everything for the better…
And what reasonable society would call this a disaster or a departure from what is good about humanity?
This is all we are saying, when we say equality matters. This… nothing more and nothing less.
This post is dedicated to all who have been on the receiving end of an “I love you,” that put an end to all your doubts about why those words matter… and to my fiancee, for being brave enough to say them until I could believe in them again.
Gail is an author, poet, blogger and activist whose new book, Enlightened-ish chronicles her spiritual awakening experience after witnessing a suicide, grieving her father’s unexpected death and leaving a spiritual community. Her first book, “Coming Out of the Closet without Coming Apart at the Seams” was published in 2004. Gail has appeared in FOX DC News,SkyNews and Our America with Lisa Ling as an advocate for ex-gay survivors and young people. Her freelance work has appeared in God Allows U-Turns, Encounter Magazine and Outlook Weekly. “For Gail So Loved the World” is her blog, where she discusses spirituality, politics and social and emotional intelligence from a global perspective. Her spoken word pieces and drumming meditations are available on YouTube and she schedules private speaking engagements where these performances are shared. Gail is the only lesbian known to hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Currently, Gail resides in the Washington, DC Area and serves her local community as the Executive Director of a nature-based early learning center.