So I’m sitting in the middle section, near the back on the left, during sacrament meeting on Sunday. While absent-mindedly listening to the talks I was also reviewing a manuscript I am currently peer reviewing. I always multitask at church.
I glance up, and I notice a couple six rows up from me, sitting in the left section of pews. At first I thought it was a husband carressing and scratching his wife’s back. You know how Mormons do that during sacrament meeting. I was about to put my head back down when the wife raised her head, and it wasn’t a wife–it was another guy.
Surprised, I watched them for a while, and this public display of affection was pretty consistent throughout the meeting.
These young men, both in their early twenties, didn’t seem to be brothers. Every summer we get a large contingent of young people who work in our area selling security systems or dish tv, and I’m guessing these guys were part of that influx. I don’t otherwise know them.
I have no idea whether they were just friends and this was simply a way of expressing that friendship or whether they were a couple and acting like most of the other couples sitting in the chapel that day, with frequent yet casual displays of affection.
But what I found most interesting of all is that, so far as I could tell, I was the only one who took note. No one else seemed to notice or care.
Could this be the earnest of a future day when a committed gay couple would feel comfortable attending Church as such and no one would give it a second thought? I don’t know, but at least now I have a vision of what such a day would look like. It would look a lot like my ward this past Sunday. And that would be just fine with me.