And what's extra sweet is that Vermont is the first state that did this through its legislature rather than through the courts.
Here's a link to a full article on the first Gay couple to get legally married under Vermont's new law!
My one point is that I wish the article wasn't titled "Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Vermont." Because I think that when most straight people hear "Same-Sex" they focus on the "SEX" part, and suddenly our relationships and our rituals and our lives are reduced to what we do in bed.
Suddenly, the sweet story of Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan getting married at one minute past midnight,
Dressed in suits, saying their vows under a large wall-mounted moose head, the two Whitehall, N.Y., men promised their love, exchanged rings and held hands during a modest 17-minute ceremony. Moose Meadow Lodge co-owner Greg Trulson, who's also a Justice of the Peace, presided.Is read with the filter of it being all about sex.
And for many straight people who aren't particularly comfortable with the idea of sex between men (for some reason, lesbians turn them on) our marriages end up being categorized as belonging on a edgy HBO series like OZ (think prison shower rape scenes) rather than the reference points most marriages have - loving, honoring, cherishing, standing up before friends and family and saying to the world:
This is my love, for all time. Support us. Celebrate us. Today, with this ritual, we are a new family.Because no matter the gender of the couple getting married, THAT'S what marriage is about.
Welcome to all the same-gender couples who are getting legally married in Vermont.
My husband and I raise a glass of sparkling apple juice and toast you!
ps - For an interesting blog post on the lesson Obama can learn on Health Care Reform from the legalization of Same Gender Marriage in Vermont, check this out.