Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality

If you've been following this blog for any length of time, then you know I have long been an advocate for marriage equality.

I am writing this post on July 26, 2015. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is the law of the land.

My brain is trying to comprehend this in a "Did that just happen?!?" kind of a way because ... okay. When a single state ruled for marriage equality? It was amazing and excellent and I would do the happy dance around my house and sing to my cat and offer up thanks to Jesus and try to avoid gloating to my loved ones who don't agree with me for religious reasons* and just bask in the awesome.

One state at a time, I thought.

But this? This is... all of the states.

So you'll have to forgive me if I'm crying right now, if I keep pinching myself to be sure I'm awake, if I'm terrified that somehow, someone will snatch this out from under all of us.

The whole country. All at once. In one ruling.

I keep thinking of those loved ones who disagree with me, and thinking: You taught me to love everyone. You taught me that we are all worthy. We all deserve the same things.

I absorbed your lessons. I believe you were right. We are all worthy and deserving. That's all skin colors and religions and backgrounds and I know you never considered sexualities but it's that too and I don't want to fight with you but this? This is so important and I know it because of what you taught me and I believe it the way I believe that I am right handed and green eyed.

I am so happy and so bizarrely freaked out right now. I know that the fight for us all to love each other and accept each other and believe in each other isn't over.

But love has gained a foothold. A strong foothold.

I'll shed some joyful tears for that.

*Sometimes I failed. Sorry about the gloating, loved ones.

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