Same sex marriage is in the thoughts of many people in our  ever-changing society. I guess any big changes in society split us.  Many  of us have thought long and hard about the concept  of marriage equality.  What right does a democratic society which reveres equality, have to accept some persons and deny others? Does the definition of marriage – …between a man and a woman…”  fit with a liberal society which speaks of  no discrimination and equality for all?    Perhaps  you, like me, have had no hesitations apart from wondering about children. However, there are so many wonderful same sex couples now who are rearing   happy, accepted and loved children.  Knowing this, there can be  little else to hesitate about. I will certainly never hesitate about marrying same sex couples, just as now I hold commitment ceremonies  for them.

Every caring relationships needs to be respected. The most important thing on this planet is to care about people. Each of us needs to be accepted and loved for who we are and  be able to give our love to another. Such love enables the best parts of us to be opened to others. Everything else is secondary.

For same gender partners, if and when marriage is legally available for all who want to share their lives,

this is my wish for you.. .

that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow,

that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day,

as the day you loved each other the least.

Let us be excited about the prospect of a gradually  increasing,  more thoughtful and accepting society.

My thoughts are with you.

Maureena.