Today is a historical day for all those who live in the United States of America. SCOTUS ruled on June 26th that same sex marriage is legal in this country. This has been a hotly debated issue for many years now. Prior to this decision this country has been slowly moving towards equality by legalizing same sex marriage state by state. However, while this movement has been rather swift there are those that have been building momentum to ensure through divisive legislation that marriage equality is never the law of the land in their state. I am not deceived there will be those who do not agree with the decision today and will be all they can to fight against it. And as I sit here writing this I know that some of those will be people who say I they love me. However, I stopped looking for acceptance and approval by family and friends many years ago for I know who I am. The fight to get here has been damned hard but I will refuse to let anyone in my life that is unwilling to celebrate it in its entirety.
When the announcement was made regarding he SCOTUS decision this morning it was an unbelievable moment of jubilation. Finally in every state of this country I am able to marry that man I love and not have our union challenged. Our love would be legally viewed as equal. This is emotional not because I was looking for some sort of sanction to be and love authentically by this country but because now I am afforded the right to choose.
It was so refreshing to see so many of my friends noting that they are just as emotional. Now I know that marriage is not for everyone. However, marriage is for ME. I want it all…the ceremony in front of God, my family and friends. I want the struggles of building a life together as well as a love that weathers the storm of bad times and shines brightly during the good times. I believe is the struggle to have it all….and I want it all dammit.