The official statement read as follows,
“Today, the Supreme Court, in a historic decision, struck down same-sex marriage bans in 13 states, including Missouri. This decision means that all Missourians, regardless of their place of residence within the state, have the freedom to marry.
Missouri’s marriage ban has been in place since 2004 through a public vote. Various court cases have allowed marriage licenses to be issued in St Louis City, St. Louis County and Jackson County. Due to today’s ruling, PROMO anticipates all counties should begin issuing marriage licenses to eligible same sex couples. This also means the rights and benefits conferred through marriage are available to all legally married couples within Missouri.
The decision made by the Supreme Court comes during a time of significance for the lesbian and gay community. Today is the two year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being struck down, as well as the anniversary week of the Stonewall Riots in 1969.”
And you hear this or read this and pause, and the tears began to well and sobbing soon followed. And I wonder why, why am I so emotional about this? Of course this effects me, but I have not been on the front line of the fight. It has not stopped me from loving and living with the person I see is right for me. I might not have had the word marriage to tie to it but I lived my life as most married couple do. So why am I crying?
I am crying because when someone stands over you and tells you, you are WRONG, you are BAD for so long it is like being suffocated, gasping for every breath. A labored daily existence where everything is just a little harder than it should be and then suddenly someone removes the pillow from your face and you feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face and you can FINALLY take a deep breath of the cool clean air.
YOU are OK.
YOUR love is valid.
The country you live in recognizes you as an equal person.
Sure the extreme conservatives will grumble and find ways to continue to undermine where possible but it is the “Law of the Land” now.
What will you stand on this political election since this one is now removed from boosting your soap box?
This is history that our grand children and great grand children will be reading in history books.
Right here right now 6/26/2015 THIS is the moment that marriage became an equal right for all.
To my LGBT brethren who have lived for years in the shadows, in self hatred, in fear in shame, our great country says, “YOU matter, your love is valid and we accept you as you are.”