The Rag Tree

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“Let  me not to the marriage of true minds

admit impediment.”

Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

A young couple, after years of planning, are happily married in a church before family and friends; or again, two older people, both previously married and widowed, go down to the Justice of the Peace to tie the knot after knowing each other only three weeks (the marriage lasts for decades and they both die within weeks of each other); or again, a couple who have been unable to marry because they live in different countries finally overcome bureaucratic red tape, get together, and experience the joy of having their love publicly recognized and blessed.

Really, who doesn’t feel a profound happiness for these people?

Today, the United States Supreme Court did the right thing: it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing many gay couples to enjoy the blessings of marriage and offering…

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