Power to Pride: Love is Now Legal to All

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Gay marriage can now just be considered marriage, as it has always signified the same unity and love between two people.


 
On June 6th, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states. This historic moment is truly a significant one in the LBGT community as well as it is in our community as a whole. Because, well, gay or straight, we are all of the same population, and we are all deserving of the same rights. I mean, isn’t that what America stands for? Freedom and equal rights?

This day is bigger than apiece of paper. It is bigger than just gaining the right to claim all the same benefits that straight couples were granted with a marriage. It is a day that finally allows EVERYONE the same exact right to solidify a relationship, regardless of sexual orientation.

We Cannot Change What Others Think

And no, this does not mean that those who were opposed to the unity of same-sex couples are now going to view it as okay. We cannot stop religion, we cannot shift beliefs, and we cannot change someone’s outlook with a simple ruling. Social equality is not going to be easily achieved, and our entire country may never accept it.

Undeniable Equality by Law

But what has happened is the leveling of a playing field. Love is no longer more significant for someone else. It is no longer necessary for someone to move to another state or country to be granted the same privilege as a straight couple. The United States is no longer a country that can make children feel out-of-place or that they are limited in any aspect of their life just because of whom they choose to love. Our future generations now have a chance to grow up in a society that does not limit marriages to certain people, but instead one that is more accepting (legally, at least).

Regardless of race, regardless of orientation, and regardless of religion, we have finally broken a barrier in society and replaced it with another tie of unity. We are making more and more strides to an equal population, and this day opened up so many opportunities and life aspirations for thousands upon thousands of people. Gay couples can finally see a relationship progressing farther than simply being together, just like every other couple in love.

Good Job, America

I cannot get over how beautiful today has been. From seeing my News Feed filled with nothing but positivity to my Snapchat capturing marriages and celebrations all across the country, I cannot help but feel tremendous joy and gratefulness for our country. Even if this won’t change some people’s view on the matter or it won’t change how this population is treated by some, it finally gives the LGBT community a right that they deserved all along.

 

The law finally deems all love to be equal, to be just as significant, and to be just as right. And this, my friends, is nothing you can stop.

 

Love has finally won.

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Rachel Jimenez

An Exercise Science major at USF with a love for dance, food, and sarcastic banter. Oh, and she was gluten free before it was cool. instagram: @sassycalves twitter: @itsraayy

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