Do you remember when Sarah Palin spoke of “The Real America“?
After living in two states for the past two years, I finally got my Illinois drivers’ license yesterday and experienced this exchange:
DMV Guy: You’re going to need your marriage certificate.
Me: When my husband got his driver’s license, I don’t think he needed his marriage license.
DMV Guy: But he didn’t change his name when he got married.
Me: I didn’t change my name either.
DMV Guy: What do you mean?
Me: I didn’t change my name when I got married.
DMV Guy: You can do that?
DMV: You have to change your name when you get married.
Me: Actually, you don’t.
So, I got my new license yesterday with my actual birth name and the DMV cashier also wondered how I managed to keep my name after getting married, and it made me think that maybe I am a little out of touch with The Real America.
How can you not know that you can get married and keep your name?
So, I am a Professional Pastor serving The Institutional Church and sometimes I wonder how far off base I am in terms of Real People.
We serve God’s people and sometimes we don’t understand God’s people. We might believe that everybody has heard of Walter Bruggemann and everybody reads The New York Times and everybody watches Homeland. But the truth is that there are people Out There who don’t even know that Women Can Get Married and Keep Their Names.
I’m just saying. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are separated from people who are not just like we are.
Image of Jasper Johns’ Flag (1954-1955)