As in past summers, there have been a fair number of weddings in the Coast of Bays in the summer of 2011. While most weddings are basically the same, there was a wedding in Conne River recently that was very different.
In July a same-sex couple – Michelle Jeddore and Jennifer Strickland – tied the knot in the first homosexual marriage on the south coast of the province.
Now, a lot of people don’t like the fact that same-sex couple marriages are legal in Canada. They say it’s immoral and some can quote passages from the Bible that apparently say that homosexuality is wrong.
Was listening to a radio open line show a few years ago when a guy from the Burin Peninsula came on talking about this topic. He said he couldn’t eat his supper as he had heard the news that day about same sex marriages being allowed in Canada.
A lady in the state of New York in the United States recently quit her job as she said it was against her morals to sign registration papers allowing gay couples to marry. New York is the most recent state to allow gay marriages in that country.
The fact is, of course, homosexuality has been a part of life since people first appeared on the planet all those years ago. It has been with us forever and will be around as long as humans live on Earth.
In recent years it has just come ‘out of the closet’ more and many people don’t like it. Well, the Eagles sing a song entitled ‘Get Over It’ which basically has a message that life goes on no matter how much we complain and worry about things. A line in the song goes: “All this bitchin’ and moanin’ and pitchin’ a fit – get over it.”
There was a time when people didn’t like inter-faith marriages and life went on. People didn’t like inter-racial marriage either, but life still went on. The point is that although some people don’t like same-sex marriages these types of relationships and marriages are here, they’re here to stay, so, as the Eagles sing, get over it. Life will go on whether you like it or not.
So, don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy your supper and don’t quit your job. Sir Paul McCartney wrote in one of his many great songs ‘Life goes on” and so it does. The world keeps turning, and there are things we can’t change regardless of how much some people dislike them.