Up until now, I have had the utmost respect for Freemasons. Unlike most people, I understand the true origins of their organization. My paternal grandfather was one as well as an uncle. Nothing sinister has ever gone. When I was in junior high school, I joined the female branch of the organization. Unfortunately I didn’t stay long because I was shy and not good at making new friends. While I respect the organization, perhaps it is time for them to dissolve if they aren’t willing to embrace all men (and women in the respective areas).
When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last June, a couple of farmers in rural Somerville, Tenn., tied the knot.
The couple — Mark Henderson and Dennis Clark — say their neighbors responded within hours.
“We came home and there was a bottle of champagne in a potato salad bucket on the front porch,” Henderson says.
But the response from another community, one that they’ve been actively involved in for years, wasn’t as welcoming.
Danny Done, 26, worshipful master of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge in Seattle. The fraternity is “a really interesting social network that’s not online,” he says.
“The first letter that we got from the Grand Lodge of Tennessee was that we were being brought up on charges for un-Masonic conduct,” Clark says.