This is not the toast I gave, but the toast I wrote before I was convinced that this toast was better absorbed through the eyeballs than the auditory nerve. The actual toast I gave will follow on a later date. Following that, I may give a lecture on how to give toasts, depending on how these two posts are received.*
"There's been a lot of talk about the definition of marriage lately. *Pause for laughter* People have argued this til the boring end, and yet I do not stand here to speak about the definition of marriage. I wonder about the meaning of marriage. What does it mean for two people to stand in front of their friends and family and declare that they will be married. What does it mean in this world, in this time, for two people to be married?
We hear no end of suffering, we see no end to bloodshed, we see no peace among the disparate groups of humans on this planet. Misery seeps through our lives, infecting every aspect. Cynicism rots our core until we can no longer raise a hand in aid of another. What does it matter that two people wish to join their lives, to entwine their fates, in the face of such utter hopelessness, despair, and cynicism? What can we do as witnesses, but bear the silent burden?
Bear with me, folks, this does lead to a point. * Pause for nervous laughter.*
When two people stand up to be married, they are defying the naysayers, the broken ones, and the fearmongers. Two people who love each other enough to stand in front of those they value most in the world to say "I love you, and will hold your heart above all else in this world" are expressing defiance. Defiance in the face of despair, hope in the face of suffering, and romance in the depths of cynicism.
Marriage is the ultimate rebellion. Marriage is punk rock. Marriage is a middle finger held up to an uncaring universe. Marriage is a defiance of the unending wave of terror that floods our lives from all directions. Marriage is a beacon of warmth, love, hope, and romance in a threatening world, and we witnesses will always be ready to remind you of this day. This day when you stood in front of all the people who matter to you and said, "I love you, and take thee to be my partner in all things."
* Received has always looked like a misspelled word to me.