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A Jewish Childhood - Nine Weddings in Two Days - Equality on One Level
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:30

Is it in the air or is it just finally time for equality?

Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Fe, there was an open invitation to anyone who wished to have a church wedding to come on down.

Santa Fe County had just begun a week before to issue wedding licenses to same sex couples. Business in Santa Fe was picking up and all of us who had been waiting for this, rejoiced.

Don't get me wrong. I don't want to get married sex unspecified. I just believe that it is a human right to choose. This is somewhat like my same belief that women should have control over their own bodies.

It is on the same level, and seems odd to me that marriage equality should come through while the latter is still struggling to survive. Are we as women still chattel? I thought we had already wandered forty years in the same desert perchance, and that miracle of miracles, we do, as women have the right to vote.

Back to UU and the Sunday ceremony. Eight couples: 4 women, two men and two   male and female couples were married. Not in a mass wedding but individually, couple by couple, as spouses, under Spirit. The most secular ceremony I have ever witnessed.

It was beautiful and glorious and I, among most of the two hundred people in attendance to honor them and bear witness, had damp eyes.

Something magical, blessed by three ministers with a wonderful reception after: appetizers, finger sandwiches, even one package of sushi which I swooped down, watching always not to indulge in wheat products.

There were eight beautiful wedding cakes, two hearts intertwined in plastic roses, real strawberries, blueberries, each sliced into by the appropriate couples and lo and behold, a gluten free cake furnished by Revolution Bakery right here in Santa Fe.

Excitement was in the air, Patti Bushee, one of our city counselors and a candidate for Mayor, memorialized the ceremonies with video and photographs, catching the round tables filled with families and friends.

By the time I got home at about 3:30 p.m., Facebook was filled with photos and good wishes. I too, posted two photos, one of the cake and the other of the centerpieces on each table, a large wedding ring with artificial flowers.

Return to this Blog posting to read about a ninth wedding performed at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe and thank you for reading my Jewish Childhood Blog.