Well, I survived the “reception” yesterday and I have a few observations.
I am not a homophobe, I am tolerant and attending did not compromise my values.
It was with much trepidation I attended the “same-sex” reception on Saturday, and while I was not uncomfortable, I was not alone in my views. When the happy couple made speeches Nick and I were not the only ones NOT applauding their commitment. I also noticed many offered “best wishes” as opposed to “congratulations” in the receiving line.
The atmosphere was more birthday party-esque with assigned family seating. We did enjoy ourselves, which had more to do with the company we kept than the event itself. Those folks I had no interest in getting to know better were still the obnoxious blowhards I’d avoided at past company and private functions. The couple was gracious, and at the same time, displayed a vitriolic self-assurance in the eventual recognition of their union in the State of Ohio.
Lessons learned; I can be tolerant and respectful without compromising my morals, faith and values. I am NOT alone. We found many like-minded folks in attendance. Militant liberals have an agenda and social conservatives are much more tolerant and charitable. Again, these are only my observations and not a scientific study. I didn’t try to impose my beliefs on other attendees, but the same could not be said of the opposition.
Am I a better person for my respectful attendance? I don’t know, anyone who knows me will tell you I don't think all that highly of myself to begin with. I’m human, a sinner and fall short of Our Lords grace. While I was able to see people as individuals and not part of a group or an exploitative special interest, something in the back of my mind continued to bother me. Could my mere attendance be misconstrued and infer acceptance?