“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. 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 eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges
It’s always tricky for me deciding whether or not to write about a current event that happens in between newsletters. If something happens on a Thursday or Friday, is it really still meaningful to write about it in an email that you won’t get until the following Wednesday?
In today's fast-paced world, I usually write about something else if that's the case. However, there are a few times when it’s just way too important.
One of those times was last week, in the wake of the Charleston, SC shootings.
And in a beautiful turn of events, another time was this week, with the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of gay marriage.
[SPOILER ALERT: This email is decidedly pro-gay rights. While I support everyone's right to believe what they believe, if you disagree with the decision, it's probably best for you to skip reading this week’s message, or just scroll down to the recipes:)]
I have been pro-gay rights since I realized there were gay people. I never understood why anyone should be treated differently than anyone else based on how they came into this world, whether they be a woman, black, or gay (or all three!)
I even wrote my Senior Honors thesis in college on the subject of gay marriage. As a pre-law student, it seemed to me that gay rights were the last big civil rights issue left for the U.S. legal system. I worked on it for a year, and printing it out was the highlight of my college career. I dedicated it to my uncle, who due to the prevailing atmosphere, pretty much stayed in the closet his whole life.
I honestly did not know if I would see the day gay marriage would be legal nationwide in my lifetime. So Friday’s announcement was a truly magical moment for me. I jumped, I screamed, I did a happy dance with my roommate. To see my Facebook and Instagram feeds turn into rainbow slide shows brought endless smiles. And to see the White House lit up in a rainbow brought tears of joy to my eyes.
How different would my uncle’s life had been if he had felt the safety and freedom to publicly love who he wanted? How different will the lives of so many be now that they have that freedom?
Although I know the work for equality is not over, it’s a wonderful thing to consider.
Here in Asheville, there was a big celebration Friday night. I missed it though, because I was driving to Kentucky to shoot a film. A part of me felt disappointed having to missed the fun, thinking I was heading to a place that wouldn’t be as open-minded as my awesome hometown.
But do you know how many anti-gay signs I saw in Kentucky? How many comments vilifying the SCOTUS decision? How many distasteful jokes? Zero. Zilch. Not a one.
Now I take full responsibility for that, as I have set my intention that those people and comments do not come into my sphere. But I also fully believe that my discrimination-free trip was another sign that shift indeed is happening.
So, in celebration of this week's momentous shift toward equality for all, here are three recipes for rainbow smoothies. CLICK TO TWEET
Whether you are gay, straight, bi-sexual, or trans, these drinks will have your tummy dancing for joy.
Please let me know on our Facebook page which is your favorite.
And, while you’re there, tell me what shifts you are seeing in your world - whether they are health-focused, political or personal. You can also post a picture of your smoothie to our Instagram account!
I also wholeheartedly ask you to share this newsletter with at least one friend today,
so they can start getting their shift on!