The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Ear salutes marriage equality and the wedding of two close friends in Seattle. | August 16, 2013

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is a special day for two special people.

They are close friends of The Ear.

Their names are Rodney Hammer (below top), who is an accomplished professional interior designer, and the Rev. Michael Ingersoll (below bottom), who is the Communications and Creative Director of the expanding Center for Spiritual Living.

Rod Hammer

Michael Ingersoll

Today marks their 16th anniversary together.

It also marks their wedding day in Seattle.

Some of us have been waiting a long time for this kind of legitimate recognition to happen to gay and lesbian relationships. But when you think about it and compare it to other civil rights movements, it has not really been all that long.

Many of us never would never have guessed back in 1969, the year of the Stonewall riots and the beginning of gay liberation, that marriage equality – or same-sex marriage – would be accepted by the general public, sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court, endorsed by the President of the United States, enacted by more than a dozen states and remain a fast-rising tide by 2013.

So today I celebrate a private and personal joyous event, but also a social and historical event that these good friends, along with others, have brought me into and made me a part of. Thank you.

Cheers, I say, to them and to all the gay men and lesbian women who love each other and make a public commitment to that love, despite what various hate-mongers, bigots and misguided religious zealots try to say about that love and denigrate it as a “lifestyle” or “agenda.”

I am proud and fond of them, so I toast Rod and Michael with music.

Here is a little something as a “wedding gift” for them — a piece by George Frideric Handel that I chose precisely in order to use some of the same Christianity that has been so misused against gay and lesbian marriage to celebrate it. It is sung by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Chicago. For full effect and full fun, click on the FULL SCREEN icon so you can watch while you listen:


5 Comments »

  1. Great post! Thanks!

    Comment by Paul Baker — August 16, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

  2. What a great wedding present to our friend and his beau! Hugs across the country.

    Comment by Ron McCrea — August 16, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  3. Lovely, Jake.

    Comment by Andrew Patner — August 16, 2013 @ 9:22 am

  4. Many blessings have already graced your friends for having found and committed to each other… May many blessings follow them into their futures. A friend told me yesterday his concept of marriage: a combination of committment, benevolence and interest. God bless.

    Comment by Nan Morrissette — August 16, 2013 @ 5:03 am

  5. Mazel Tov, Rodney and Michael. Lovely post, Jake!

    Comment by Kia — August 16, 2013 @ 12:16 am


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