Dec 24 2013

 

 

 

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"So at this Christmas there is nothing that could possibly be under my tree that will bring a smile bigger to my face than the hundreds of couple lining up with dignity to claim their God given freedom and celebrating this holiday by getting married. "

I came out 38 years ago and it was without question the best decision I ever made in my life. In some sense, the moment I came out is the moment that I started living life as a free man. Never in my wildest imagination 38 years ago did I believe I would live long enough to see many of the milestones that have been reached in the LGBT community long remarkable journey.

However, one that has brought a huge smile to my face is to see the same sex marriages taking place in the staunchly Mormon Utah.

While the courts will still have to render their opinions, a record number of marriage licenses were issued in Salt Lake City for one day. Over 300 couples applied for and received marriage licenses. Such mobs storming city halls to obtain marriage licenses hasn't been seen since the Great Valentines Day Revolution that took place in San Francisco in 2004 when 6,000 people waited in line for freedom.

The images are remarkable, moving and tear inducing. You can see some of them here.

Five counties shut down city hall to avoid granting such licenses which was in clear violation of the court order. In fact, it reminded me of city halls shutting down in the 1960's so they wouldn't have to register African-American voters. Jim Crow in some ways is alive and well in some counties in Utah.

Even the Mormon Church issued a statement, while opposing the decision, was somewhat tepid. Maybe they know that the proverbial fat lady has sung.

So at this Christmas there is nothing that could possibly be under my tree that will bring a smile bigger to my face than the hundreds of couple lining up with dignity to claim their God given freedom and celebrating this holiday by getting married.

Thank you Santa!