The following post comes slightly late, as mamma’s been traveling and a bit remiss on the personal reflection front. That said, it’s never too late to celebrate the historic and landmark ruling by the Supreme Court last Friday to allow same-sex couples the right to legally wed across all of America in a 5-4 ruling.
It always seems odd to me, the fact that we should deny anybody the freedom to marry the person of their choosing, not to mention the very basic rights and benefits to a union which every person ought to be afforded. That said, I can also understand the complex emotions beneath this much-debated topic. In fact, I was having brunch on Sunday with a good friend who asked me point-blank, “What would you do if your son were gay?” I have thought about this question extensively, and in many respects I think that hubby would be more accepting of this potential than I would be. For me, it’s a matter of feeling intimated, of somehow not being able to advise and bond with my child because they are in a different type of relationship than what I went through myself. Isn’t that first and foremost how we learn to relate and counsel? Through our own experiences?
However, in the end, what I realize is quite simple – love is love. I would embrace my son (who will always be Nuke baby in my eyes), and I would be proud of him for being a good person, above and beyond anything else. Besides... let’s be honest, no child is going to want to divulge the secrets of his/her love life to their parents – gay or straight.
My only regret is that we weren’t able to partake in the NYC Pride Parade that took place on Sunday – a combo of bad weather and an ill baby made our attendance a bit difficult. That said, it’s never too late to celebrate! All around, I see banners and symbols abound in support of marriage equality, and this was no less true during my 24-hour stint in Washington earlier this week.
I am proud of you America… and I am prouder than ever to be a US citizen in this modern day.
Oh, and I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday with you come Saturday, July Fourth!