An example of how the gay marriage issue is already affecting our lives.

The van pulled up to the candy factory, our very first homeschool field trip!! Calvin was dressed neatly in his pressed jeans and clean T-shirt, and Sam was secured in his stroller. I had just met this group of homeschooling ladies and I wanted to make a good first impression with all of them. It seemed that most of them knew each other and we were outsiders hoping to join. Just before we went in for our group tour of the factory, another young women hollered for us to wait! She was pushing a little girl in a umbrella stroller while wresting with the diaper bag and all that went with it. She flashed me a friendly smile and we soon started up a conversation.

 Robin was a new first-time mom, although she had been friends to most of the ladies in this group for many years.  She had waited and waited to become a mom and was now thrilled with her pretty little girl, Chloe. And although it would still be a few years before Chloe would be school aged, Robin wanted to be part of the homeschool group and participate in the activities before she made up her mind about educational choices. Little Chloe was good throughout the entire tour.  She patted little Sam in his stroller and she thoroughly enjoyed the candy at the end of the trip!

Over the years, Robin and I became friends. Robin eventually decided to homeschool Chloe so we had that in common.  We also went to the same church so we had those activities and experiences in common too.  When Robin eventually had a son, our boys also became good friends. There was one special feast day that we started sharing together and it became an annual event.  One year we would go to Robin's house and the next to ours.  Our husbands even became involved. We made many happy memories and I can remember Chloe in my minds eye as she grew up with my kids. Our Gang Thanksgiving

 I remember one time in particular when Chloe was a little girl - not a toddler, but probably around 6 or 7, she had an accident while she was over at my house.  I took her to the bathroom and cleaned her up, and since I didn't have any little girls yet, I gave her some clean boy underpants to wear until her mom came to pick her up.  It was our little secret and she went back to playing without anyone even knowing there had been an incident.

 The years went by.  Robin helped me through the loss of my baby.  We attended the funerals of the grandparents. The kids got bigger. Chloe started attending a local Catholic High School. And although we could no longer celebrate our special feast day together any more because of school conflicts, Chloe stayed in the homeschool youth group and I have memories of her participating in those activities as well as the beautiful formal dances we had every year.

 Chloe got married last summer.  We weren't invited to the wedding, but I sent her a little something from her online registry just as a memento of past friendship.  Now a wife and a mother herself, I never see Chloe any more, but I was happy to keep up with her life and her experiences via Facebook.  Until yesterday. You see yesterday, many people, in support of "marriage equality" changed their Facebook pictures to an impersonal.

I didn't know what it was at first and had to Google it for an answer.  Chloe however put a question with her changing profile picture. She asked something along of the lines of, "Why should their love be different."  Knowing that Chloe had been homeschooled through 8th grade and then attended a Catholic High School, I answered with this clip from Catholic Answers, thinking that in her search for answers, she would find this helpful. It wasn't.

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