It is tradition in the United States to wear your wedding ring on the ring finger of your left hand. People sometimes ask me why my wedding band is on my right hand instead of the left.
There are two reasons:
- I don’t have a traditional marriage.1 I also think every marriage evolves and changes much like the parties participating in it, and I think it’s best left to those people to negotiate what that is. If you’re married, you’re not married like everyone else. You aren’t married like you would have been married fifty years ago, and you certainly aren’t married like you would have been two-hundred years ago.
- I’m right-handed, and having my wedding ring on my right hand helps me be more mindful of my marriage. It’s my way of integrating The Eightfold Path without being a Buddhist.
I especially don’t have a marriage that is completely undermined and devalued by letting same-sex couples get married, and that is what it means to have a traditional marriage in the United States if I am to believe a single word of what comes out of the frothy foaming mouths of a rabid and bigoted minority. ↩