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Two days ago the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.  To see the jubilation on the faces of those anxiously waiting for the court’s decision to allow them full access to the marital state and the benefits most of us take for granted brought tears to my eyes.  Tears of joy.

Many of you might question how I can reconcile my support for same-sex marriage with the practice of my Catholic faith.

Here is my answer:

I believe the church is greater than its human manifestation.  I believe it possesses a living, breathing, growing soul beyond the measure and the limits of its mortal administrators.  I believe the church’s mission is to act as the steward of the legacy of Christ’s teachings.

Christ declared the two greatest commandments are founded in love:

Love the Lord thy God with all thy might, all thy heart and all thy soul and

Love thy neighbor as thyself.

Christ did not add a footnote defining thy neighbor as those members of a certain race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, or economic class.  He did not attempt to define love by our limited human perception of it. Just as God himself is not limited by our current understanding of Him, nor is love.

Love simply is. In all of its wonder, in all of its various forms of expression, in all of its glorious, beautiful gifts.  Love is.  Love is inclusive not exclusive.  Love reaches out.  It does not constrain its reach by drawing in upon itself.  Love is the basis of all life and life by its very nature grows, ascends, refines, accepts new incarnations of itself.  Death denies, death contracts, death draws in upon itself until it withers and is no more.

I love the church.  I have great hope for its future, that it will continue to grow in the direction of a more perfect communion with God, who is the source of all love.

Just as I love this country and cherish the hope that it too will continue to grow and refine itself to a more inclusive, accepting and loving society for all of its citizens.

So thank you Supreme Court Justices.  Thank you for ensuring that the promise of the U.S. Constitution for equal access under the laws of this great land are afforded to all of its citizens.  Thank you for bringing us one step closer to a more equal society for all.