Dictionary.com defines faith as:
1. Confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2. Belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. Belief in god or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
With Judge Walker’s recent ruling to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage, I couldn’t help but think “Finally! A little voice of reason.” Just over a year ago, my partner and I “took the plunge” and unified our lives before family, friends, a rabbi, many random beach goers, and God. With last year’s passing of Proposition 8, Judge Walker’s Wednesday ruling, and the on slot of conservative, right wing opinions again bashing the integrity of equality in the U.S., I am reminded of a simple sentiment, “you’ve got to have faith.”
If living in Laramie has taught me anything it’s about having faith and as with any major milestone in one’s life, moving to Laramie has been trans-formative. Last week I was reminded that even in the most unanticipated ways, having a little bit of faith can go a long way. Recently my hubby and I attended our first gay commitment ceremony in Laramie, which was without a doubt an eye-opener to us both. Even in a small, Western, traditional community like ours, equality can prevail. I am reaffirmed in my belief that with a little bit of faith and patience, a loving home can be established anywhere.
As it turns out faith is a subjective notion and is personal. Naturally I recognize that civil unions, marriage, and domestic benefits are key elements in accepting and celebrating GLBTQ members of society, but I have to say that every little bit is a step forward. I am not naive to believe that our modern day civil rights battle is far from over, but with the recent turn of events in California and here in Wyoming I’ve begun to regain a little bit of faith in humanity.
As my mother said Wednesday of Judge Walker’s ruling, “Its something and it’s a step in the right direction.” Enough small, even baby steps combined can ratify this world, and with one wedding at a time, I look forward to see what’s next.
Well, tomorrow I’m off for a wonderful lesbian wedding in Iowa. I know, Iowa, right? So, until next time, I bid you love, happiness and faith!