Take My Hand
And Lead Me to Salvation
Take My Love
For Love is Everlasting
The Truth that once was Spoken
To Love another Person
is to see the Face of God
Phyllis Lyon and and Del Martin had been waiting 50 years for June 16th. They were married by Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco as the first same sex couple under the newly ruling by the California Supreme Court that overturned the ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Lyon, 83 years old, and Martin, 87, are long time lesbian activists. They actually had a wedding under Newsom before, but this is their first legal union. This couple has seen the gay rights movement mature and develop, and as Pride celebrations are commemorated throughout the country and the world, weddings are also being celebrated in California this month.
Protests continue by religious fundamentalists and anti gay marriage groups. An initiative has been put on the ballot in November to have voters decide to ban gay marriages in the state constitution, but support for that passage is not as strong as it has been before in the past.
Personally, this is the great civil rights movement of our generation. It is time that the bigotry end when it comes to the gay citizenry of our country.
The tide is turning with more fervor now. The rights of a people cannot be denied. No laws, no declarations from the pulpits, no hate splattered across protest signs, no authority claimed from the Bible, no violence, no laws, or referendum, nor court can stop equality from eventuality winning out.
Today, we see it unfolding as citizens of the great state of California exercise their right to legal union as is the right of every other citizen of the state. This is a great moment of the people. A great moment for all of us.
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