Today’s post was supposed to be an introduction to a week-long series about pride (given the upcoming LGBT Pride activities taking place in and around our fair city) and independence (to coincide with the upcoming July 4th Independence Day holiday). In this spot was meant to be words that would introduce you to the different people, places and activities we’d be visiting and talking about as gay pride celebrations take place around the city and nationwide.
Saturday is Independence Day. While I was thinking about ways to tie in Independence Day with how we here feel about the importance of LGBT rights and acceptance, I was given a gift that every writer treasures beyond any other- inspiration. On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry. In every state. Every state. Marriage equality, while it still has hurdles to climb, no longer has to scratch and claw and eek its way out of the shadows, state by state, fight by fight.
If you’ve been following this for a long time, hoping for this day… if you had
been waiting for this day to marry someone who you love, then let that sink in for a minute. It’s been a long road. It’s been a hard-fought battle for many. Carved with the blood, sweat, tears, and even lives of people who have stood their ground through the years, knowing that this day would one day have to come. We, who believe in the equal rights of ALL men and women to love, marry, and live freely, hold on our shoulders on this day, the ghosts of those who are not here to see their work come to fruition. But, they are here!
And as I abandoned my thoughts of how to introduce you all to a week about pride, about independence, and how I could fuse the two, it struck me… for all of us who watched today, either “real” or in spirit, as we held up our hands in joy, that today is Independence Day!
Today all love is good love. Today love wins. Today we all win.
I couldn’t think of a better way to start a week of pride and independence.