This comes as no surprise since I am living in the middle of it: as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and because I have performed many weddings (see previous posts), and know full well of the practical and spiritual implications for such rituals (weddings are not a sacrament in our denomination), and because I/we have children in our lives who are always "kind of" struggling to figure out what to call "Brett & Dean," a wedding and marriage gives us a more socially acceptable and knowable name as a "(old) married couple," in which we would be "husband and husband."
Click here to see this story from the Univ. of IL!
Now, the great joy on top of this study is that MA became a state that welcomes those of us from out-of-state to wed! Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill today, which was passed by the MA Legislature the other day.
But don't be expecting any annoncements on this blog soon! The state of NC still permits bullying!
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: email@example.com, and phone is 919-444-9111