By Julie McCay Turner
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside
From the sonnet written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Accepting the 2016 Tony Award for Best Original Score, “Hamilton”
Rev. John Eric Gibbons, Senior Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist on Bedford Common, began Thursday night’s vigil to honor the lives lost in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub by quoting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet, then paraphrasing it. “Enough is enough. Enough is enough. Enough. Enough. Enough. Enough,” Gibbons exclaimed in an increasingly anguished voice.
The solemn vigil was organized by Bedford’s Interfaith Clergy Association, five days after the deadly mass shooting. Speakers from multiple faith traditions and gender identification were present, along with representatives from the Town of Bedford.
Prayers were offered in several languages, a rainbow candle was lighted for each of the victims as their names were declaimed, and usually sunny faces were stonily solemn.
While Thursday morning’s Boston Globe Opinion feature “Make it Stop” drew attention to the impact of assault weapons and America’s inability to pass firearm control legislation, Bedford’s vigil focused on a more personal level: the impact of the loss on Orlando’s LGBTQ and Latino communities, and the common thread of humanity that joins us all.
“No matter your race, your religion, ethnicity, or sexual preference,” said Bedford’s Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, “we are equal, and we stand as one.”