Light the Way to Justice: Marriage Equality Vigil Monday in Woodstock

These are the locations in the Northeast where "Light the Way to Justice" Candlelight Vigils will be held.

These are the locations in the Northeast where “Light the Way to Justice” Candlelight Vigils will be held.

Woodstock Early Bird Kim Kakerback invites one and all to a candlelight vigil (bring your own candle) this Monday night between 7:00 – 7:30pm on the Woodstock Village Green in support of the freedom to marry for gay Americans. This issue will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

A variety of events like this are being held all across the country in all 50 states.

The vigil in Woodstock is the only one in Vermont (It is free, all are welcome, and participants should bring their own candles).

Here’s a link to the organization spearheading these actions:

http://www.lighttojustice.org/index.html

(Woodstock Early Bird thinks everyone should receive the same respect, equality and benefits as every other human being in their work and private life so they might continue to positively contribute to society — no matter who they are or what their private decisions — so long as they adhere to the same standards and laws as every other citizen.

Mainly, we think there are a lot of decisions between people that do not effect us and that, frankly, are none of our business. Whether we, personally, agree with those decisions is not the point. The point is to support lives well-led by all. We think the laws of the land should help people live better lives, not be used to segregate, denigrate or restrict those who might be “different” by cultural or religious standards to which not everyone subscribes. )

5 responses to this post.

  1. I will be here in Times Square doing the same. and @1PM at the Stonewall Inn for an equality march. hope to see some pix.

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  2. Posted by fiona davis on March 24, 2013 at 15:59

    well said early bird, well said.

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  3. Posted by Xavier Baldwin on March 26, 2013 at 00:18

    The issue is not about equality! It is about trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

    Very many of us believe that the basic definition of marriage consists of a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of having children. This is what the Bible and Jesus taught and what the vast majority of us were taught in church.

    I have no problem with gays having a legal civil union with all the rights of married people, just don’t call it marriage. How can there be “equality” between something whose basic definition requires a union between a man and a woman? It is a contradiction in terms! It just doesn’t fit!

    In California, 3 million voters on two occasions voted to uphold the above definition of marriage. What about our rights? Gays are a very small percentage of the population and yet they seem to want to dictate their views to most Americans. It doesn’t mean we are biased because we want to uphold the basic sanctity and purpose of marriage. Civil unions of course! Marriage no.

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  4. What percentage of the population we are should not matter at all when it comes to matters of equality. The measure of a society’s moral stature is how it addresses injustice no matter how few of its population that injustice impacts. The concept of “separate but equal” promoted in the pre-civil rights South seems ridiculous today as I hope denying the institution of marriage to same-sex couples will a generation from now.

    As participants in last night’s rally, my husband and I were truly touched by the outpouring of support we experienced and grateful that we have made this community our new home. Our church, by the way, teaches that our love for each other is no different than any other couple’s and should be honored and upheld by the sacred institution of marriage. Anything less is not equality, it is a tacit implication that we are not worthy.

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  5. Posted by v. brooks on March 31, 2013 at 15:13

    When things are wrong they are just that wrong. Once upon a time the thought that one man could own another man was accepted and approved of, that women or people of color were unworthy of the right to vote or own property -and were actually considered property. Just because a number of people “feel” a certain way does not make it right, just – or moral. If marriage is about procreation – what about people who wait to marry later in life after they can “make children” or infertility when procreation the good old fashioned way is not possible, or genetic or lifestyle issues where couples choose to not have children. In every “gay” couple both of the individuals can procreate if there are not issues of sterility, etc. They just need some outside intervention (same as an infertile couple might need). What about the rights of 3 million California voters? Being the majority does not necessarily make you right – just ask someone who is in the minority. Joseph Goldstein said, “We don’t have to let go, we simply have to not hold”.

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