I know I am not an American citizen - I'm Welsh as I've so often said here on DeviantART -, but I do feel that talking about the events of two days ago, really are worth attention, and I didn't have my thoughts straightened out on the subject until now.
So, on the 26th of June, 2015, the case of Obergefell v Hodges became a landmark ruling which declared that Gay Marriage should be legal throughout the United States of America, with five of the nine Supreme Court judges ruling in favor of nationwide Gay Marriage. The case ultimately, according to my research into the topic, emerged after a same-sex couple from Ohio, where, as a result of one half of said couple being terminally ill, the surviving partner sought to have his name placed on the death certificate to show him as the surviving partner, which, of course, wouldn't really be legal in some states, while others would allow it. I feel it's important to know the story behind such an important case.
Personally, I find myself likening it to the Brown v. Board II case of 1955 (though the 1967 Loving v. Virginia ruling, which overturned laws preventing inter-racial marriages, is more directly comparable to this 2015 ruling), which overturned racial segregation laws which dictated that white and non-white children had to attend separate schools; a ruling which overturned the case of 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling, which opened the floodgates for segregation laws under the mantle of 'Separate but Equal'.
Needless to say, these are both good rulings, breaking down barriers and overturning discrimination in one of the most powerful countries in the world... On a legal level.
This is what I'm worried about: I've seen, here on DeviantART, many people joyfully declaring "Love Wins", going so far as to make a hashtag saying as such... Perhaps it's because I'm a horrible cynic about everything, but I'd challenge this. It's a victory for Love, on a political and legal level. But I've seen just as much bigotry and ignorance on the very posts which celebrate this landmark ruling. When I first saw them, I was angry, as you'd expect. The truth of the matter is quite simple: a legal ruling isn't going to make social prejudices go away. The extremist Christain lunatics who so ferociously fight any development on the rights of the LGBT community haven't simply disappeared. The bigots aren't suddenly going to break bread with gay people as though nothing has ever divided them.
The inequality has only been amended on a legal level so far, for the LGBT community in countries where gay marriage is legalized, there is still the bigotry and the social stigmas which may exist. But this should not dishearten people. The fact the United States, a country known for having Slavery and Jim Crow Segregation has overcome each of these accursed social injustices, one by one. This is a HUGE victory for the LGBT community, but Love has not won yet. What must be done now, both in the US and the UK (as I doubt we're totally free of LGBT discrimination here either), is a continued effort to try to educate and combat the ignorance and the bigotry which isn't going to go away just because a piece of paper tells it to.
In today's world, discriminating on someone because they're black and using words such as "n***er" would never be accepted, and rightfully so. Discriminating on someone because they're a woman and objectifying them would never be accepted, and rightfully so. Discriminating on the disabled and making fun of them because they cannot walk or do things an able-bodied person can do would never be accepted, and rightfully so! However, we here in the Western World continue to live in a society where terms like "Gay" are used as insults, stereotypes continued to be thrown about to make fun, this is not acceptable, and yet it persists in our society. It needs to be stamped out, right the way down to the schoolyard level and beyond. The ideal would be a world where being LGBT is so ordinary and commonplace that it's almost boring to talk about, because in essence, it is: There are SO MANY LGBT people in the world that it IS commonplace, and in the long and short of it, it IS ordinary. I think, once the social adjustments have been made, and homophobic behaviour is cracked down on as hard as racist behavior, and then people reach a state where the very matter itself becomes a non-issue, then I would say Love Wins.
I don't think this is an unrealistic aspiration. We've done it with women, with people of different races and religions, with the disabled, etc. This is simply on in a number of stepping stones in becoming a better society, and a species which deserves to be what we are, and where we are. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm an idiot. Maybe I'm a socialist twat who wants to destroy and enslave the world with my athiest, communist, gay agenda. Maybe I should just get back to writing stories about dragons... I've said my piece, and I'd like to think I've been insightful, or at least interesting, if nothing else, and I offer you my most sincere thanks if you've indeed bothered to read this far.
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