This week has been a roller coaster of epicness – from the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (which will allow millions of Americans to maintain their access to healthcare), to their Fair Housing decision (which will help prevent discriminatory housing practices), to today’s Marriage Equality decision (allowing every American the freedom to marry the person they choose). Love wins!!!! I couldn’t be more excited for our win today. I only hope that the momentum from this day will generate more positive changes in every marginalized community to come.
I’m not ashamed to say that I cried when I saw news of the decision. I cried, not because we had won a long and hard battle on the road to equality (thought that may have been part of it), but because it felt like I had found this missing piece of myself that I didn’t know was missing. While I recognized the inequality behind not granting specific government benefits to same-sex couples and felt bitter about being a second-class citizen in regards to my right to marry, marriage was (and is) not something that’s even on my radar at this particular point in my life. So, I suppose it never truly felt like something had been missing in my life, until the ruling today. I never had to struggled with the hardship of wanting to share my life with another woman and not being granted the access to do so in the eyes of the law. There was never a moment, for me, in my life where I had to stare at the hole that was missing and recognize it’s emptiness… until today. Today, I saw myself, not for who I am, but for who society labels me as. I saw all of the missing pieces – the rights that I cannot lay claim to, the social inequalities and prejudices that make up my every day life.
I am proud of who I am. I hope for the day that society won’t see me as a bunch of social labels, but will instead just see me. See Chloe. For my personality and intellect instead of my social circumstances.
While the Supreme Court has been on a roll, it is still a long and difficult road to end social, cultural, and political discrimination in this country. Today was an incredibly historic day. While there are still many strides to be taken on the road to equality, this was a very important step in the right direction. Thank you to all of those brave souls who have come before us and paved the way for today’s victory. Thank you to the justices who saw to it that all should be equally free in the eyes of the law to marry the person whom they choose. Let us maintain the momentum of the past few days and continue to work hard for change, justice, and equality for all of our fellow Americans and citizens of our shared world.