I don't get political on this blog very much. Or at all.
I don't use it to convert people to my religion, although I am always willing to speak to anyone about my journey as a Christian, and the good, the bad and the ugly that I have experienced in organized religion. Although I belong to a wonderful church family, I feel very strongly about the separation of church and state.
I have never hid my beliefs but being one who tends to lean towards "live and let live," I also don't push them to the forefront. And as a people pleaser by nature, I don't like to upset anyone.
When such a monumental day as Feb. 9, 2015, happens, I want to acknowledge it. I want to celebrate it and I want to record my thoughts for my children and for anyone else to know where I fall on the matter. The matter being the legalization of gay marriage today in Alabama.
As someone with LGBT friends and family members, I have long supported equal rights for gay people. Growing up in small town Tennessee, I was not exposed to openly gay people until my first year of college when I was elected into the student senate. We had representatives from the campus LGBT organization and for the first time I got to know openly gay people. And I made a monumental discovery that was not so monumental. They were no different than me. Notice that I keep using the term "openly". You see, my great uncle was gay. It was one of those secrets that everyone knew but no one spoke of. As a child I did not understand what it must be like to not be able to be honest about who you are, but as an adult I look back and see what it took away from him. How it affected him. And how his life could have been so much different if it were a different time. Like today.
So I celebrate for my friends and family, but it is bittersweet because he is not here to see marriage equality become a reality for so many people who are no different than anyone else. And who deserve the same rights and happiness that my husband and I share.
So today was a good day in Alabama.