My same-sex marriage is as real as yours no matter what happens #Relationships#activism#lesbian family#LGBTQ#marriage#politics#religion July 24 2018 | Guest post by Heather Sexton With the future of laws like marriage equality and reproductive rights uncertain, we look to our community to affirm our rights and why they matter. Heather explains why her same-sex marriage is as real as anyone else's and why that matters… Same Sex marriage print by Bird And Key UK "Marriage is not about religion. Atheists get married. Marriage is not about reproduction. The infertile get married. Marriage is about love. That's it. And that all by itself is beautiful." -Unknown Related Post Here's why being a wife with a wife is awesome I have a wife. This is one sentence I honestly thought I would never say. I will admit, saying it makes me giggle in a... Read more With all the movement towards marriage equality in Australia (and now speculation in the US again), I thought it was time to talk about and maybe even open a discussion about gay marriage. Luckily for me and my wife, it is recognized in America post-Obergefell v. Hodges. I have mentioned my upbringing as a late-bloomer in the South, and the fact that I was raised to believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Little did I realize, when hearing these things, that I would find myself deeply in love and married to a woman when I grew up. Falling in love with someone of the same sex really puts a dent in those childhood teachings. Regardless, even when I am told as an adult, by family, that my marriage isn't real, that doesn't change the fact that I love my wife to the very depths of my soul. And even when my marriage may be potentially challenged by SCOTUS, it doesn't change the fact that I sought happiness and commitment just like any other couple who want to marry. How is my marriage not "real?" Related Post A reminder in difficult times: Love is an extraordinary and beautiful thing Each person expresses and feels love in many ways. We love people in our lives with different kinds of love -- the love for a... Read more I never really understood the big fuss over why gay people shouldn't be allowed the same rights as straight folks. Are gay people another species? Are we not entitled to the same laws and rights as everyone else? I completely respect the people who are devout to certain religions and the beliefs they hold. I admire faith in all of its forms. I also respect the fact that those people see marriage as a deeply religious ceremony. I believe marriage surpasses all religion and is so much more. Marriage is so much more than two people holding a ceremony or filing paperwork with clerks. Marriage is its own kind of faith; faith that through everything life throws your way, you will still love… beyond this life. Marriage is about becoming a team. Marriage is finding a way to get through life; the bad times and the good times. Marriage is overcoming obstacles together and enduring stressful challenges, knowing every burden that comes along will not have to be carried alone. Marriage is something that isn't entered into lightly by anyone from any religion. Marriage is two people choosing to become something greater than they were before. Love and marriage go hand-in-hand and has throughout history. Love is about love, plain and simple. Every marriage is different just like every relationship is different. Every marriage has it's very own trials and tribulations and it's very own joys. Every marriage is real, and every marriage should be celebrated. My brush with hate and how I am moving forward We made a stop at a little diner in Kentucky to refuel after four hours on the road. The diner was empty except for a little white haired couple who… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Heather Sexton Heather is a runner of crazy long races, a mom of two awesome little boys, wife to an amazing woman and a late bloomer in life. She writes because her life has been completely extraordinary and she has stories to tell. https://marathonmom304.blogspot.com/ PREVIOUS A fat suit, really? Netflix's new show Insatiable is not what we need right now NEXT The realness of early pregnancy and loss Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] That was wonderful. From "Marriage is about becoming a team." and after, that would make a wonderful wedding speech and just follow it up with "And now raise a glass and join me in celebrating the marriage of ____ and ____. Love you guys, congratulations." 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