As we were enjoying a weekend retreat to celebrate our wedding anniversary, I noticed the headlines were peppered with the gay marriage issue. It seems to come up every four years.
Being from New England, I have always supported gay marriage. I support heterosexual marriage as well. There are a lot of young people with babies and no spouses. Perhaps this round of media attention can get the public to understand that under every sexual orientation is a person who might contribute heavily to this society and deserves equal rights and protection under the law.
My wife is such a great person. Being gay is a small part of who she is, yet that piece labels her a second class citizen with only some of the rights afforded to other Americans. If our neighbor, whom my wife protects and serves, asked us to travel this great nation with them, we could not. Our marriage, our sacred bond, ends at the state line. It is demeaning that someone who has given so much is treated so differently. She deserves better.
My wife is an amazing parent and has added two well adjusted productive people to our society. Both of our teenage sons have great grades, do volunteer work, and are truly giving kids who both talk of serving our country as adults. They were taught it is their duty to be a decent human being.
My wife is all about duty and honor. She is a veteran of Desert Storm. I can not share what she did while stationed in Saudi Arabia because she does not talk about it. Like many soldiers, she modestly states she had a job to do so she did it.
After so bravely servied her country, she was determined to protect and serve at a local level. She is now a 20-year veteran of a mid-sized police department. As a detective, she has solved all types of crimes, from finding stolen laptops to building cases against murderers. She was on scene the night that two of her co-workers were shot apprehending a suspect. She truly puts her life on the line every day for the people of our community. My wife is now eligible to retire but has decided to keep working and spearhead a project to get her department to join the war on child pornography. It is hard for me to listen about her day as she pursues these criminals relentlessly.
Being gay is such a small part of this amazing woman. Perhaps one day the laws that she defends will also protect her. I can only hope so, because I am the woman who loves her. With all her wonderful traits, how can anyone find fault with that?