Eric & Andy
At the reception, which was attended by both men’s families and friends, we talked with one of Eric’s boyhood friends. The young (heterosexual) man was an Eagle Scout who renounced his rank and lifelong membership in Scouting to protest the ban on gays in Boy Scouts. He said he knows that Scouting will someday change its rules, but he felt it his duty to be one of the many who stood up to be counted.
Eric’s mother told us how much it meant to them for us to be there. My husband and I acknowledged to each other how much this wedding was like any other—the same tears needed wiping. But not only was it a great and joyous celebration, it added to our own conviction about the absolute right of all people to make a life of happiness in their own way.