In New York, they are celebrating. For marriage equality have finally been extended in the great state of New York to all its citizens, heterosexual and homosexual. We schepp nachas (share the joy) too, because a step forward in one state is a step forward for our country.
Here in California, we should be celebrating too. Not from a distance of 3000+ miles, but right here in our own backyards… and in the temples, and the churches, the mosques and the ashrams. We should be celebrating the marriage of all created b’tzelem Elohim (in God’s image), as they are able to sanctify their love in the holy (and secular) covenant of marriage.
Alas, we still await that moment in California. It will come. The polls and the demographics show that eventually marriage equality will be a given.
Until that time, we hope and pray. We sanctify in religious ceremonies the binding of two souls – two men, two women, a man and a woman – with holy words and holy rituals.
And we wait, until such ceremonies will be recognized by our state, and by our nation, as a marriage.
Ken yehi ratzon, may it be God’s will.