I speak descriptively, not prescriptively, recognizing the diversity of experience and preference. The covenant of marriage is central to my life. Getting married at age twenty-two grounded me in an enormously formative way. For me, being a wife and having a husband have taught me about true fidelity, maturity, intimacy, and love. This primary relationship is what has given me the capacity to reach out and love others well - as a friend, as a pastor, as a mother, even as a better sister and daughter.
I hope and pray that the benefits of marriage - emotional, spiritual, physical, financial, and civic - will be afforded to all couples, regardless of gender.