Today marks the beginning of a new era in the MOGAI rights movement. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that marriage is a right for everyone — not just heterosexual couples. The White House Twitter avatar is now awash in rainbow, and people are celebrating all over the country. This Fourth of July, we will finally be able to celebrate this freedom, pursuing our happiness and honoring our love with the sacred bond of matrimony, regardless of gender.
This day will go down in history books as the end of the beginning — the end of the first push toward equal rights for all regardless of gender, and the beginning of what I hope will be a positive, strong, influence on the world as we work to live up to the ideals inscribed in our Constitution.
I’ll be celebrating today, and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. We’ve come a long way. I wasn’t sure if I would even live long enough to see this change. But it’s here, and we’ve taken a big step toward progress. I think now we can engage in more fruitful dialogue, there will be more opportunities to educate, and it’s possible this will make non-hetersexual relationships more mainstream.
I’m most excited for the people who are now able to say their vows officially, but I also can’t wait to see how this affects our stories. Now that public opinion is changing, now that artists are growing up in a place that has become more inclusive, how will this alter our media?
I for one am looking forward to more diversity amongst relationships (from aromantic asexuals to pansexual polyamorous relationships), in an array of stories, from film to television to webseries to radio to theater. This allows for more diverse stories to be told on a platform with a bigger audience, and these stories will become part of the public consciousness.
These stories will weave through our communities and help us understand each other better. Seeing real people and fictional characters able to express their devotion in this way will help strengthen the resolve to break down barriers and accept each other as we are, without having to hide, without having to compromise our health for our safety.
I believe this decision will have a trickle-down effect. I think that it will begin to change things in all areas of our lives, from media, to health, to psychology, to adoption, to faith. I can see it inspiring people to continue to fight for equal rights, and I believe it will inspire a new generation of artists who once had to hide behind a “straight” mask.
I’m deeply grateful for those who have spent their time supporting equal rights, everyone from the person who reblogs a positive, supportive message on their Tumblr, to those who have worked through layers of paperwork and legislation to make sure this would become reality.
Have we reached Happily Ever After? I don’t think so — not yet. But we are here, we are proud, and we are now able to invite the world to celebrate as we take our vows. We will now be recognized for who we are, not who we aren’t. The darkness of hate has been banished by the brightness of love.Image Credits: CNN