I was surprised to wake up yesterday morning, getting ready for a trip to the eastern side of the island of Hawai’i, to find that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
I am glad that the U.S. court system delivered justice to all of the gay/lesbian/transgender people in the nation. They have been picked on and shunned for decades and I have seen it happen even in Washington, where same-sex marriage was legal after a 2012 referendum.
As a usually open-minded straight man I have a few gay and lesbian friends, and I have heard their stories. This is a landmark that may help them start to heal now that they have the same rights as everyone else.
I know that there will be a hard road ahead with the battle that is raging between certain religious groups and those in support of same-sex marriage, but I’m tired of the bickering. I also have some very religious friends and they are driving me nuts right now. I actually unfriended one of them on Facebook because I couldn’t take her negativity for a second day in a row.
I remember writing an article for JagWire in 2012 when same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington. I had interviewed a few lesbians for their views and I listened to their stories off the record. It made me realize how unfair the world was. Since then, I have been an advocate for marriage equality. Now, it is legal across the nation, as it should have been long ago.
Once again, congrats to all of the marriage equality supporters.