Okay, not really. I mean, if you were buying that, we have to talk. And apologies to anyone religious I may have offended, although it stands to reason that if you've been reading this blog, you probably have a sense of humor about such things. At least enough so to handle my little priest joke. In any case, if I was going to be a fake anything, it would be a Rabbi, after all. I would have to brush up on my Hebrew but I could totally make it happen, you know. And I've got a stockpile of Yiddish slang just waiting for a release.
But I digress. As I tend to do.
I did recently get ordained, though, and in less than three weeks, will officiate the marriage of two dear friends. (If you're wondering, it is actually a relatively simple thing to do -- it's just a form online that takes up to 48 hours to process.)
At the end of the day, whatever the motives of its proponents may be, Proposition 8 (and similar incarnations of it) enacted a regime to govern entitlement to the fundamental right to marry. And as far as I'm concerned, there is no rational justification for that discrimination. It stigmatizes homosexual relationships as different, inferior, unequal, and disfavored. It tells a group of people that they are wrong. That they are undeserving. That they don't get to live equal lives to mine and yours. It bothers me in a way I can't describe that anyone could ever feel this way. I believe with every ounce of my being that it's just not right. It is something I feel in my skin and bones.
But I could rant about that all day. The truth is, there will always be people who believe homosexuals should not be allowed to marry.
I take it very seriously that the two people I am marrying this month are two men. I am flattered beyond measure that they asked me to perform the ceremony and proud beyond belief to be doing it.
On Monday night we met for the second time to go over the ceremony I'd planned out and my insides were all twisted with nervousness and excitement. They showed me their marriage certificate and it hit me that this is real. I have nothing to compare this to -- this is just crazy and wonderful and despite any trepidation I may feel about standing in front of a room full of people, I am quite ecstatic.