Homo The Tears of Jubilation
posted by June 25 at 13:45 PMon
Slog commenter Jubilation T. Cornball, currently attending a gay wedding in San Francisco, waxes emotional in an email he just sent me:
Thought you might be interested in a real time description of the weddings in San Francisco…I am at the City Hall rotunda now. There is a band playing love songs. Small and smaller gaggles of folks are in various spots under the rotunda dome, all of which have, at their center, two guys or two women and an officiating, um, official.
And hey—there are straight people getting married here, too! They don’t seem to act like their marriages are under threat.
This experience is, simply put, one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. I am certainly going to cry for happiness when my friends get married (or if Turkey beat Germany, which I have been following on my blackberry—my damn friends had to get married during a Euro semifinal), but now I find myself tearing up watching strangers.
One walks through the front door of City Hall to the rotunda, under four large panels of the AIDS quilt, reminding us that the struggles our community have undergone in our lifetimes are huge. But we somehow get through them, and move on to better days and places…including a room filled with marrying couples who might wonder who that strange guy is crying a little by the stairs.
I think this is what pride is all about.