Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"The Ultimate Rite of Love"

I've not been much of an advocate for Gay Marriage. I believe that the word "marriage" is too closely associated with religion for the majority of Americans to approve of, much less endorse and vote that acceptance into law. Civil Unions? Yes. Gay Marriage? Not now. Not yet.

But even if Gay Marriage in California is overturned, even if the entire country decides that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, even if the Constitution is changed to ensure that homosexuals can never legally be married to one another - - for two months, these two women who loved each other for over 50 years of their lives were able to legally say that they were married.

To me, they've always been married and they always will be married. Always. No matter what.

"Del Martin (on the right in the picture above), a pioneering lesbian rights activist who with her lifelong partner became a symbol for the movement to legalize gay marriage, died Wednesday morning. She was 87.

"Her partner of more than 55 years and wife of just over two months, Phyllis Lyon, was with her.

"'Ever since I met Del 55 years ago, I could never imagine a day would come when she wouldn't be by my side,' Lyon, 83, said in a statement Wednesday.

"'I also never imagined there would be a day that we would actually be able to get married,' she added. 'I am devastated, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed.'

"Martin and Lyon exchanged vows at San Francisco City Hall on June 16, the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in California, after being together for more than half a century."


Joie Mayfield said...

I fully believe that she died because she was finally with her true love. She was content, and knew her happiness couldn't get any greater.

It makes me tear up, honestly.

philip said...

This made me cry. I'm crying now.

Bunny said...

What Joie said

RAD said...

sniffle--damm you!

Project Christopher said...

OH my god.... That hit me like a ton of bricks! All of a sudden this hurricane is miniscule.

I met Del and Phyllis when they spoke at one of my HRC-Chicago dinners. They were so sweet and adorable! So much so that I didn't even mind that they doddered on in their speech going 20 minutes over their alloted time! :) Del apologized profusely, but said "it's hard to condense decades into minutes honey!"

I hope and pray that Phyllis will continue on, but I know at that age it's hard to fill the void in the heart.

God bless them, and Del, get that Dyke Rally started in Heaven!

Michael said...

What all of you said......