This is the 100th post on outspokenally.com, and I was planning on creating my first-ever video to mark the occasion. That plan, however, has had to change. I’m not yet ready, and with yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, I can’t wait to say something! What better way to mark this 100th post than by writing about history in the making!
If ever there was doubt as to the effectiveness of discussion, debate, and controversy in shaping cultural attitudes, one need only look to the U.S. In March, The Wall Street Journal and NBC conducted a survey which found that 59% of Americans supported same-sex marriage, up from 30% in 2004. Those numbers continue to climb, and this would never have happened if not for the tireless efforts of equality advocates and activists. The discussion, the debates, the arguments, the controversy, have all played their part in educating the American people. For the first time in the United States, the majority is on the right side of this issue, and yesterday the Supreme Court determined that the constitution agrees.
There will be dissent over this. Several state politicians tried to stall compliance yesterday. ‘Dr.’ Michael Brown spoke to his fans and followers saying “this is not the time to throw in the towel.” Meanwhile, we’ve all heard of the preacher threatening to set himself on fire if the decision went the way it has, and there’s more of this foolishness coming. What matters, though, is that same-sex couples can now be legally married anywhere in the country, and the law no longer allows state-run institutions to stall. Unfortunately, Mr. Brown, the towel has been thrown in for you; and if someone is willing to set himself on fire over the legalization of love and commitment, he has bigger problems. The dissent no longer matters. There are other battles to fight, other inequalities to be dealt with, but the battle over marriage is over – and love won!
What America does has worldwide implications. Others will follow suit, as LGBTQ+ people begin to see increasing social acceptance and legal recognition. The fight for other equalities continues of course, both at home and in countries where savagery toward the misunderstood still has majority support, but what happened yesterday will have resounding positive impact. We can celebrate this as a win for humanity! A win for same-sex couples! A win for love!