I’m a guard at an art museum, where weddings/receptions are held every Saturday during wedding season. Guards can sign up to work events, which are briefly titled something like, “Smith-Jones Wedding.” In other words, nothing to indicate it’s two women (or two men) getting “married.”
Last night I worked a lesbian “wedding.” Obviously if I had known ahead of time, I would never have signed up for it. Did I sin by participating in such a celebration? It didn’t occur to me to try to leave, since I don’t drop the ball on my team unless I’m sick or there’s an emergency.
Also, I’ve signed up for every Saturday wedding in September…should I try to find out if any others are homosexual, or just pray the odds are in my favor? My working the events has already been approved by management so I can’t just remove my name, a manager has to do it. The reason I signed up for all these weddings is that I just had $1,000 in repairs done to my car and the weddings fit best into my schedule to earn extra money to make up for the cost.
Complicating the matter further, the museum recently unveiled a new diversity plan, which of course has language indicating acceptance of homosexual lifestyles. If I raise a voice in protest, I fear I’ll be labeled a bigot without anyone attempting to understand my position.
I’ll admit, I’m rather afraid to rock the boat. Historically I’ve had zero success whenever I’ve complained about something at work (different jobs than this current one), so I’m leery of speaking up when it seems I can just keep my head down and finish the month, then avoid signing up for future weddings to be safe (other events are held).
I really love my job, and finally feel I’ve found a place where I’d be happy to work for decades. That said, if the new diversity plan somehow required giving approval to homosexuality, I wouldn’t hesitate to object on religious grounds, but I just don’t think that now’s the time for that particular battle.
If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with me. Advice greatly appreciated!