Sunday, October 12, 2008

Human Rites

Yesterday, my friends Joe and Billy tied the knot and it was a beautiful celebration. Both Italian American families - parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces - were present, as were friends and colleagues. Immediately after the blessing, exchanging of rings and kiss, the party started. Food and drink were abundant. The grooms danced with their moms and the guests did the Electric Slide. Love and laughter reigned.

Their program includes a section cleverly entitled Human Rites and it reads:
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
-Abraham Lincoln

Today is a special day in many ways. Not only is it the day that we celebrate our love and commitment to each other with our family and friends, it's National Coming Out Day. So while we're saying "I Do," others still say "You Can't" and "You Won't." (... and when has that ever stopped either one of us!)

We'd like to thank you for your unconditional love and support that empowers us with the courage to stand before you today and begin our life together. For many, we realize that this is taking you a little out of your 'comfort zone' - we respect that, and appreciate your willingness to open your heart and your mind on our behalf.

The flowers in the ceremony, reminiscent of an Italian countryside are in loving memory of two special people ~ Rosalia Dentici, Joe's Nana, who died on this day fourteen years ago. Though she spoke no English, she truly demonstrated that love knows no language or boundaries. And Tony Sparacino, Joe's cousin, who unexpectedly passed away last year before having the opportunity to share this amazing experience to share this amazing experience with the love of his life - his Partner, Mark.

We thank you for joining us, and love you all -
Joe & Billy

And we thank you for your courage and example.

May their union, their marriage, last.

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