When it was announced that gays and lesbians would be allowed to marry in New York beginning on July 24, my first thought–as a lifelong Mormon–was, “Pioneer Day!” While we’ve been talking about pioneers this week on Doves & Serpents, I have loved reading news stories about the marriages that have been taking place. A former student of mine sent me a link to this image and I just had to share it here.
These people are pioneers in the best sense of the word for forging ahead into new territory, claiming their rights and privileges as Americans. I am hopeful that my fellow Mormons–both at the individual level and at the institutional level–can be pioneers in making our church a welcoming place for these people. Unfortunately, our record isn’t good, but all we can do is start with where we are.