Scotland is to have equal marriage – not just equal civil marriage, but religious faith marriage for those who want it too. And I am dancing on the head of a pin with innumerable angels. For those who need a translating: I am very pleased and giving thanks to God.
Why? Firstly because the slur implied by insisting that same-sex marriages were some how different-and-inferior and only Civil Unions is now to be wiped away. Justice will be done and love acknowledged.
Secondly because I think in a perverted and back-handed way the opponents of equal marriage are right. This new acknowledgement does change things, or rather it acknowledges a change which took place a long time ago. It shifts the understanding of marriage from its being about gender-roles to its being about love between equals. Far from regretting this, I rejoice in it.
I actually think this change was begun before the Victorian period, and pretty much complete in the early to mid 20th c. – but in as far as some in society have struggled to recognise it, I am delighted to see it even more openly acknowledged.
And yes there will be troubles and tantrums ahead in the Christian denominations, and a great need for inspired and courageous and calm resolute leadership. But that is for tomorrow. For tonight – rejoicing.