Derek Powazek was at San Francisco’s City Hall on Sunday to show support for the same-sex marriages being performed there. While there, he took some pictures. The joy and exhilaration in many of these images is truly something to behold. It brings tears to my eyes. (Via A View from the Classroom.)
The San Francisco Chronicle also has a photo album of, as they call it, the “San Francisco Valentine Weekend Revolution.”
It’s amazing, the feeling of walls suddenly being demolished. It’s much like when the Berlin Wall came down and you knew that nothing was ever going to be the same again. Even if the courts smack this down, I don’t think people will just sit back and allow it to happen.
Those who complain that this devalues marriage might do well to realize how much value these newlyweds put on the act and state of marriage. People came from all over the country and the world to do this, even knowing it might be made invalid later. Standing up in front of the world, giving that formal commitment to the one you love—that is a grave and powerful act. The people marrying in San Francisco now understand how much value marriage really has. And I bet they put a lot more thought into it than many heterosexuals do.