Blessing of Hera: Victory of Marriage

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.
Immediately after the decision, same-sex couples in many of states where gay marriage had been banned headed to county clerks' offices for marriage licenses as state officials issued statements saying they would respect the ruling.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, writing on behalf of the court, said the hope of gay people intending to marry "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." This is why I writing about the Goddess of Marriage and Commitment, Hera 

Queen of Heaven
Olympian Great Mother
Goddess of Women and Family
Goddess of Marriage and Commitment

Hera is the Queen of the Gods and the Heaven and Goddess of Royalty, Women, Marriage and Childbirth. Hera rules the heaven and the earth, its people and the hearts of those people. Using creativity, Hera nudges star-crossed lovers together, chaperones trysts and helps struggling marriages with renew like the spring! A maiden or youth about to marry could make offerings to Hera, in the hopes that She would bless the marriage with fertility and bliss.
Wife to Zeus and daughter to the Titan Lady Rhea and Titan Lord Kronos, She is often depicted as a beautiful woman wearing a crown and holding a staff. She is one of the twelve Olympians and is the youngest girl of her siblings, she was said to be one of the most beautiful Goddesses, and her brother Zeus chased after her for some time. At first, he was unsuccessful but when he adopted the guise of a bedraggled cuckoo in a storm, the goddess took pity upon him and tenderly kept him warm in her bed. There at once he resumed his true shape, professed his love for her.  So, she finally agreed to become his consort on the condition that he married her, and remained loyal and faithful to her (unfortunately she forget to make him swear on the unbreakable oath of the River Styx).
Hera is the most powerful female of the pantheon and wields authority that only Zeus is above; she doesn't necessarily do a lot of creation of laws and laying down the smack on other members of the pantheon, which might tread on Zeus' toes were she to do it without checking with him first, but the gods know that they cannot challenge her directly and that incurring her wrath is courting total disaster. We've talked about ladies, who are political powerhouses because of their cunning, their savvy and their ability to confuse others, but Hera doesn't do any of those things; she rules because she is a ruler, and her authority is unquestionable. Hera knows her duties as queen of the Olympian family and their allies and takes them seriously.
Hera is the Goddess of Marriage, and by extension childbirth, family and the tight bonds of relationships and filial loyalty. This is an extremely important role; it is family that provided most ancient Greeks with their closest and most important supporters and followers, that allowed a person's legacy to continue onward through their children and that allowed different people to ally themselves through marriage and thereby become even stronger. The goes on with Upper class society in modern times. In addition to being the patron of all wives and mothers, who strove to emulate her familial loyalty and love, Hera was also the deity that must be called upon to bless a marriage and allow it to be fruitful and successful. Without her, no marriage could succeed, and she was lavishly worshiped during engagements and weddings.
People frequently remember Hera's crusades against Zeus' lovers, She also admits that she secretly envies the demigod children of the other gods, claiming that they help them connect with the mortal world in ways she can't. She will never have any of her own, however, because as the Goddess of Marriage it is "not in her nature to be faithless." While anger is certainly part of her motivation, her reasons run deeper than that. For one thing, as goddess of marriage itself, having an unfaithful husband is a direct affront to her very core function as a goddess; it is her nature to promote family harmony and faithfulness, so Zeus' extracurricular activities are not only emotionally distressing but also a direct challenge to her divine power over the arena of marriage, one that she can't let pass by her unchallenged. It is this part of her, though, that allows her to be merciful where the other gods cannot, as demonstrated by her favoring of the pure mortal Jason, who had no divine parent to guide him.
But less often talked about his her battle worthy awesomeness, which is pretty goddamned impressive to be so unremembered. Hera is not known as a warrior goddess, but when the need arises she can bust out some combat moves that put the enemy to shame before going home and getting on with her more important family duties. During the Titan War, Hera fought bravely with her siblings and their allies against Titans. Also in the Gigantomachy when the giants assaulted Olympus and the gods mobilized to defeat them, she charged forth with her spear and struck down the giant Phoetus so that he could be defeated. She even had beaten Artemis, most tomboyish of the gods, twice.
To me; Hera is a powerful and strong Goddess who is not afraid to fight for what is right, even if it means she could be putting her own life in danger. While men can say what they want and be authoritative; a woman is called greedy if she expresses her wants and desires - she is demanding and carping is she expresses authority. Even today, women who command power are often demonized just like Hera was in Greek myths. An earlier generation, men and women, mocked Eleanor Roosevelt for being plain, derided for being outspoken. It is satisfying to restore dignity to this ancient Goddess. She has survived ages of abuse to her reputation and her myths but is re-emerging today as an inspiring figure of strength and dignity. She currently blessing the newly marriage of LGBT community.


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