Presents Under the Equality Tree

I try to focus more on Jesus and less on presents at this time of year.

But the good people of Houston and Washington, D.C. have presented LGBTQ folks with two wonderful gifts: the election of Annise Parker as the new mayor of Houston, TX (TEXAS!!!!!!), and the approval of full same-gender marriage in the District. Wow!

After high-profile defeats on marriage in Maine and New York State earlier, these events bring joy.

Of course, the opponents of marriage equality will try to derail the new law–either through a Congressional vote to block it or through ongoing harassment by Congress through the appropriations process. Congress always has the last word on life in the District.

And, as usual, the Roman Catholic hierarchy is trying to block marriage equality, even threatening to suspend social service contracts with the city government. One wonders if they remember the Great Commandment.  

Mayor-elect Annise Parker (right) and her partner, Kathy Hubbard on election night

But let us not focus on the negative. The mayor of the nation’s fourth-largest city (now the home of the 41st president and Mrs. Bush) is an out and proud lesbian with a long-time partner.

God is in this. Make not mistake. God is on the road ahead, so let’s keep marching, and celebrating.