In about two-and-a-half weeks, I’ll be getting married… for the second time. I am heterosexual. My fiancee is bisexual. I’ve been a proponent for equal rights my entire adult life. So it is with no small amount of sadness that while I’ll be joyfully celebrating the legal union between my partner and me, I will also be remembering the fact that many of our closest friends are not able to enjoy the same benefits. We plan to wear equality rings on our wedding day in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in six of our 50 United States, plus the District of Columbia. Two-thirds of those states are in New England, which also constitutes two-thirds of the New England region. It is currently legal in more states to marry your cousin than it is to marry a person of the same sex. However, SIX (!) of our 50 states have recognized the validity of a commitment between two loving people of the same sex. I’m thankful for the baby steps! The biggest changes in history began with baby steps.
Friends, how can we call ourselves a free society when so many of our brothers and sisters are oppressed? Establishing equal human rights is the responsibility of all humans. I’m taking a stand for equality today. Will you?
Yours in solidarity, support, equality and–most of all–love,
Are you also a straight supporter of equal human rights? Not sure what to expect if a friend or family member were to come out to you today? HRC has a guide for that! And if you are thinking about coming out, there are resources for you, too. You are not alone!