Triumphant. It can be a word with unpleasant over tones. Kind of an I-win-you-lose-stick-it-where-the-sun-don’t shine gloat. But I don’t mean it that way. I don’t want to stick my thumb in any eye or rub salt into the wounds of those who stood in the way. I only want to shout joy to the rooftops.
The eight women who stood up at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry yesterday had triumphed. As the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison pointed out, their collective 81 years of love and commitment to each other could finally be validated by the State of Illinois. And that love and commitment could be shared at the joint wedding ceremony hosted by the congregation Sunday morning.
All of the friends and family of each couple had triumphed, too. The ones that had not only accepted, but had treasured.
The Congregation, which had declared it support of Marriage Equality a decade ago, which had long embraced some of the couples and other members of the BGLT when finding a safe church home in McHenry County was challenging, which had publicly Stood on the Side of Love in the campaign to make Marriage Equality come to Illinois triumphed. Helping to bring this event to reality was our finest hour.
The whole wider community—even those who professed horror at the possibility whether they know it now or not—has triumphed. The scattered parts have been gathered into the whole, the circle of love extended, the value of family, real family, has been affirmed.
And judging from the rare and stunningly perfect day in June, the Lord God Jehovah himself or however you choose to name and characterize The Greater—was mightily pleased.
I would like to let the four remarkable couples speak for themselves. From the introductions they wrote which were included in the Order of Service