April 8, 2019 – Nathan & Michael Marriage

Marriage is a coming together, for better
or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the
degree of being sacred. Do you Michael and Nathan take each other to be your
lawfully wedded partner? Under our Constitution the freedom to marry or not
marry a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be
infringed by the State. To share the fullness of your lives together,
including your assets and debts, your joys and your sorrows, your wins and
losses, your good days and your bad, united as a couple, a team, supporting and
loving and encouraging each other with empathy and forgiveness, a sense of
adventure, and love? If so, please say “We do.” “We do.” The centrality of marriage to the human
condition makes it unsurprising that the institution has existed for
millennia and across civilizations. Since the dawn of history, marriage has
transformed strangers into relatives, binding families and societies together. The two cords represent your past, each of you as individuals, and the unique and special gifts you bring to your marriage. And if you guys would be willing to tie
a Fisherman’s Knot together. The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy and
spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual
orientation. As you fasten your pieces together now, this represents your present, as you bind yourselves lawfully. In forming a marital union, two people
become something greater than they once were. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal
dignity in the eye of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The Constitution grants them that right. The Constitution grants them that right. So the completed knot represents your future,
secure in the knowledge that the knots are flexible to move around each other, and yet, nevertheless, inseparable. They grow stronger under pressure and they are unbreakable. Do you guys want to pull? Awwww. Congratulations!

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