Saturday, March 19, 2011

Are We Going For Separate But Equal?

Let me begin with a story from The Lead that is entitled Historic Consultation.  We are now "consulting" on what constitutes a valid/appropriate blessing of same sex marriages.  I do not know about anyone else, and I could be absolutely off-base but does this smack of "separate but equal"?  Should we then have schools for children of same sex marriages?  Perhaps we can have separate churches for just this purpose?  How about drinking fountains and of course they could all ride in the back of the bus, right? 

Someone please help me with this for I genuinely do not understand how we can fully include ALL our brothers and sisters and then not use the rites as found on pages 423 an 433 in the current Book of Common Prayer.  Now I recognize that each couple is unique but I believe that there may be enough latitude in the current ceremonies to allow for whatever adjustments a couple (any couple) may wish to make, certainly in conjunction with the priest of the couple's choice.

I worry sometimes we just do not really get it -- or maybe it is just me.