What therefore God hath joined together the State of North Carolina has not been able to put asunder. Amen!
What therefore God hath joined together Thom Tillis has not been able to put asunder.
What therefore God hath joined together – and I’m just loving using the King James Version for this special occasion – What therefore God had joined together fundamentalist Christians have not been able to what? —— to put asunder.
What therefore God hath joined together – homophobic straight heterosexuals, spreaders of malicious myths about sexual and gender identity minorities, predictors of the demise of the United States and the institution of marriage if marriage equality were realized, kinfolk who have not accepted LGBT children of God including some who have made life hell on earth for their LGBT relatives– none of those people have been able to put asunder what God has joined together.
We knew -we knew the promises of love made between woman and woman between man and man between a transgender or bisexual person and the love of their life – we knew the day was surely coming when those promises would not only be honored by God but would also be honored by our state and our nation. For North Carolinians, for Tar Heels, that day has arrived.
Ten years ago I had the honor of officiating at the marriage ceremony of two women who turned out to be like a second set of parents for my son. I and others gathered on that special day heard the two ladies make life promises to each other. We saw them exchange rings. We saw them kiss. We saw their mile-wide smiles as they were announced to the crowd. We saw them eat, drink and dance, shake what their momma gave them. It was a par-ty! ——Sadly, ten years ago I was unable to sign a North Carolina marriage license for them.
The days of marriage inequality in North Carolina are finally over. The state of North Carolina is no longer able to put asunder what God has joined together. Thanks be to God. And thanks to all who have worked so hard, including congregations and clergy in Charlotte, who have worked tirelessly for this wonderful day to happen, a day on which marriage promises have been made by LGBT people and on which such promises have been recognized by the state of North Carolina.