Since Friday's ruling, I've written several versions of a post about the fact that people can get married in Utah whether they are gay or straight.
None have been quite right.
Most;y it was a rehash of this post from 18 months ago about my position on marriage. Since then, I've learned that my Great Great Grandfather Aagard was also a polygamist. That's him down front in black. He was thrown in jail for practicing a "non-traditional" form of marriage.
However, I don't want to get into the past. I want to look to the future.
I'm a straight single Mormon. I'm also nearing my 35th Birthday, which puts me at least a decade into "menace to society" status. While finding a nice woman and getting married has been a desire of mine, it's hasn't been a top priority. That all changed last night with this picture from the Tribune of people camping out at the Salt Lake County Government Center:
That's right. People were camping out to be the first in line to get a marriage license. Have you ever seen anything like that? It was 30 degrees and precipitating most of the night last night, and these people were so excited about getting married that they camped out like they were waiting for concert tickets or a really good Black Friday deal.
That's commitment to marriage. I don't know too many heterosexual couples that would do that to get their license. At one point, the line was reported to be 1000 COUPLES long. Amazing.
People who didn't think they could ever get married 72 hours before are waiting overnight in the cold and standing in long lines just for the privilege, and I can't ever muster up the ability to get a date? Things need to change for me.
So, a big thank you to the Gay Marriage Pioneers who got married last Friday and today. You made me more committed to getting married. Because if it's that important to you, it should really be more important to me. And maybe I'll be headed down to the Clerk's office soon to get my own marriage license. in the meantime, I'm really going to enjoy your wedding reception at the City and County Building tonight.