I don’t really know how to say this, but I’ve been feeling happy and proud and thankful and generally pretty sappy all afternoon because same-sex marriage finally became legal in the state of Oregon today. There was a part of me that wanted to go down to the county courthouse and wave an American flag or join in one of the big weddings/parties in Portland or Eugene, but instead I sanded down a pile of cutting boards, went on a long run, hugged my kids, and ate dinner with my family with a big smile on my face.
I don’t often bring my personal politics to this space. That’s partly because I want to welcome folks of all opinions and partly because there are very few contentious social or political issues on which I stand squarely and unwaveringly on one side or the other (Vaccines: PRO, Death Penalty: ANTI). Marriage equality, however, is too close to me and too obviously the right policy for society for me to ignore or keep my mouth shut on the subject. I am one of those older millennials with tons of friends and family members in the LGBT community (L, G, B, and T), and the only thing I’ve been confused about for years is why my queer people are treated any differently than all my straight friends and family members.
Today is a great day to be an Oregonian, but for those of you living in states without marriage equality (yet), know that your day is coming soon. The tide has turned, and if we all keep fighting the good fight and sharing the good news, it can’t be long before all loving partnerships and families can be legally recognized. Here’s to hoping the next generation of Americans can grow up with all this discrimination in the past.
In related news, my friend Chris Becerra, a seasoned wedding photographer (Oregon Bride’s “Best Wedding Photographer” in 2010 etc.), really wants to add a big ol’ gay wedding to his portfolio, so if you or someone you know is looking for a professional to shoot a same-sex wedding in Oregon, you should definitely get in touch with Chris. (He might even give you a discount for a non-Saturday wedding.)
Hooray for love!