I hope that twenty years from now I’m talking with my children and they say (with horror) “Wait, there was a time people were not given equal rights because they didn’t
have the right colored skin, didn’t have male genitalia, oh, I mean they didn’t love the right people?”. Yes, I liken today’s decisions to both the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage.
Change is never easy. There are always going to be people who disagree. But as a country we cannot let our disagreements lead us to infringe upon the rights of fellow human beings. Will things suddenly be magically easy for the LGBT community? No, I don’t think so. It takes a long time to change generations of thought – the same way that we haven’t truly moved past the racism of the 1970s (um, hello, Paula Deen?). But this is a giant step forward and I am so happy and excited for my LGBT friends.
Those of you who are firmly against gay marriage, I have to ask why? How is your own marriage/relationship impacted? Remember that not so long ago, we had issues with interracial marriages – something that is considered commonplace in today’s society.
I heard this song on the way home from work today – not sure if they played it specifically because of what happened, but I was really moved by it.