A short post today. Just received word that a good friend of mine married the woman that he loves yesterday in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they will be making their home. Rob Lynch, who served as our Director of Music for a few years before pursuing his Masters in Sacred Music at Emory University, which he attained this past Spring, married Lauren Rootham yesterday. They have known each other for years and sealed their engagement with the promise of love to one another. I have wished them well, and look forward to the local celebration of their marriage sometime in the near future. It was an early Christmas gift to each other, falling six months before the actual day.
Their entrance into the gift of the marriage between a man and a woman, open to the gift of life, held sacred from the beginning of recorded time and sanctified in the Scriptures as a gift of God, has been the norm of society and the law of this great nation - until today. The Supreme Court made another of their decisions that disregard the historical, sociological, familial and divine history and foundation of society and ruled that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) which placed this within the law of the land, was unconstitutional. Rob and Lauren's action yesterday now became one of many options that the law of this nation allows in regard to unions. In fact, it becomes an option that is in many circles considered obsolete and antiquated. We have just taken a huge step off the pier, and I'm afraid that many of us cannot swim.