What a day! Its hard to fathom, so truly hard to imagine and yet at the same time, so potentially, “here we are again,” as we watch the arc of history turn towards justice.
Today’s Supreme Court ruling giving official legal standing to same-sex couples is a moment that none of us will ever forget. And…I can already imagine, 15 years hence, as eyes of the children of today’s same-sex marriages, nonetheless glaze over as their very “boring, status quo” 2 Mommies or 2 Daddies try desperately to instill in their children the monumental nature of this day! In that moment, when teenagers no longer automatically feel the depth of this cause is when we will know the complete fulfillment of marriage equality.
For truly, while so remarkable, it is indeed something that should have been “old hat.” The hate, the vitriol, the political and economic capital that has been expended in the name of the “defense of marriage” would be laughable if it hasn’t been and doesn’t continue to be so cruel. Once and for all, may this message be clear! To those who will limit governmental power on corporate oversight when it comes to our air, our water and our land but who feel that the broadest and most expansive governmental power should be activated when it comes to how people become their own “boring” fulfillment of husbands and wives, mommies and daddies, aunts and uncles, guardians and custodians, executors and advocates, and sometimes even lovers!, I say, as I believe the Supreme Court has just said, ENOUGH!
זֶה־הַ֭יּוֹם עָשָׂ֣ה יְהֹוָ֑ה נָגִ֖ילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָ֣ה בֽוֹ
Zeh hayom asah Adonai, nagilah v’nismecha vo.
This is the day that God made possible, let us rejoice and be happy!
Why do I say it’s a day that God made? Because the arc of justice was laid out long ago, as the Torah teaches that each and every human being is created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image. As my teacher, Rabbi Irwin Kula, has taught, “God in heaven is our projection; human beings is God’s.” You want to know God? Stay open to the breadth and depth of the variety within our diverse creation. For there are so many more ways to show love, to be loved, to connect, to embrace, to hope and to dream than the far too limited ones with which we are most often familiar. We bring God into the world not when we build and maintain walls but when we tear them down in the name of unity, pride and freedom!
So please join me as lift my virtual Kiddush cup that today runneth over and yell, with all your might:
“LCHAIM!!!! TO LIFE!”
And if you were weren’t sure if you were going to be joining us tomorrow night at the Houston Pride Parade, this is going to be quite a party. And just wait til you see our “Chuppah-Mobile” float with traveling Klezmer minstrels and special “guest-stars,” Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend (the first gay couple to be wed in the state of Texas!) who will join me under the chuppah to celebrate and “re-wed” all the way down the parade route.