Marriage equality is back in the news, and the world is changing. Per the HRC Blog:
In a surprise move, the nine justices of the Supreme Court have declined to hear any of the cases pending before them challenging state bans on marriage for same-sex couples. This allows the circuit court decisions striking down the bans to stand, meaning same-sex couples in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana will soon be able to legally marry. In addition, it leaves in place the circuit court rulings from the Fourth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, meaning couples in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming will soon be able to marry as well.
While there has been a small setback in Idaho, this is still a huge step in the equal rights movement. — Marriage Equality is a cause I am tremendously passionate about, and for the first time, I am starting to get excited. It feels like public opinion is slowly starting to shift.
I think people are finally starting to get it. The Equal Rights Movement for the LGBTQA community isn’t about redefining an individual’s values or morals; it is simply a matter of, “live and let live.”
Whether you’re gay, straight or anything in-between, everyone values the intimate relationships we share with a special someone. And it isn’t about sex. In fact, I think our society over-sexualizes relationships. Intimate relationships are about all of the small moments; like being able to order someone’s complicated Starbucks order without having to ask them what they want… or being able to have a heated debate over which pop princess truly qualifies as a diva, and still loving them at the end of it.
We all have those moments. We all share those moments. And, I think… American’s are slowly starting to realize that people have the right to enjoy those moments regardless of whom they enjoy them with.
We have a long way to go, but progress is progress.