Today, the supreme court ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states! What an amazing accomplishment. Today, my generation can open their eyes to see history in the making. Every day we move one step closer to accepting each other’s differences. I know there will be many long-awaited marriages today and in the days to come.
Marriage equality across the country will give many couples the rights they deserve. It means that activists who are no longer with us have not fought in vain. It means that activists who are alive today can see that their voices and actions truly do matter and make a difference. Across our country, people are beginning to see that love is love.
Naturally, there is still work to be done. Discrimination is still a problem in numerous places. Teens are rejected from their homes after coming out as gay, lesbian, bi, or trans. Many become homeless as a result. Young people are still committing suicide after facing the pain of being rejected by their own families, friends, communities, and work places.
This discrimination is not only brought about by straight, cisgender people. People who are trans, bi, pan, or of any other orientation or gender identity may still experience discrimination within the LGBTQ community itself. I do not believe that people discriminate because they are inherently mean. I believe that that if we can educate each other, and embrace each other’s differences, our world can become the loving place it has always had the potential to be. Even more, I believe we can realize that, deep down, we are not all that different from each other.
Anne Frank said that “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” I think so, too. And I believe that marriage equality across the United States is a small reflection of just that.