Maybe God has changed his mind about marriage

I am a 64-year-old, Catholic, heterosexual, married man. My wife and I have been happily together for 30 years and we’ve raised four children – two girls and two boys – into adulthood.

I’ve experienced much social and civil change in my life, and that evolution continues today. I’ve lived through the effects of the relocation of my parents in World War II, the racial turmoil of the 1960s and the expansion of women’s rights in the 1970s.

Now we are faced with another important social and civil decision – that being marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. It is a complicated issue that has far-reaching effects for all of us, and I admit to being confused and hesitant to a certain extent.

I’ve reached a point, however, where I think that maybe God has changed his mind. Maybe he feels that his original plan is not working, as evidenced in the 60 percent divorce rate and the explosion of unwed mothers in this country. I’m thinking that the commandment that the good lord wants to emphasize now is that we should all love one another regardless.

I always thought that the Jackie DeShannon tune of the ’60s era was a little sappy, but the lyrics seem to make a lot of sense to me today. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not for some, but for everyone.”

Walter Chihara