After many years of hard fought struggle, advocating, and political correctness the LGBT+ community was finally able to have a victory on June 6, 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages nationwide. This simply means that many same-sex couples who have been denied the right to be married are now able to join into the incredibly important and legally binding union that allows them to have privileges that they couldn’t get beforehand in states where it was previously banned.
With this overturning, many same-sex couples will have rights that they were previously denied, and this does not just include a wedding. It also includes hospital visitation rights, spousal benefits for social security, adoption benefits (including no longer being denied adoption in the case of going around marriage and adopting their partner to receive the same benefits of being family), and being able to take someone to court over denying their right to marry. These people have worked long and hard to have this right and it is a great victory for the nation.
There are some states that are not pleased with this, obviously. This is mainly among the thirteen states of the US which previously did not allow same-sex marriage. In certain parts of the state of Alabama, as a way to avoid having to see these marriages take place, they have banned marriage and marriage licenses completely. Geneva County is one of these places, and a probate judge named Fred Hamic said that he had the right to refuse to issue marriage licenses. In a statement to the Dothan Eagle he said that Section 30-1-9 of the Alabama Code of 1975 said that a probate judge may issue a marriage license, but he doesn’t have to. This is one way for them to avoid having to go through such an uncomfortable process.
With this Supreme Court ruling, there are bound to be many people who are against it showing their displeasure towards it. There are those who use religion as an excuse, and there are those who don’t but rather instead say that it’s unnatural, that it’s wrong simply because they do not enjoy it. There are those who honestly believe it is against what God intended, though they do not judge them for that lifestyle. There are many different ways to disagree with it, though there are many who simply reply with “Does it affect you? Does the fact that these strangers getting married hurt you or change you in some way? It doesn’t? Then stop complaining about it.”
However, it should be known that marriage is not the total victory for gay rights. There are many great people in history that were part of the LGBT+ community. There are still many schools with a bias against gay rights and history, as well as many sexual education courses not even including anything about sex with a partner of the same gender. Marriage is not the final victory ground, there is still much that needs to be done. It is important that future generations are educated about these interests, and are more inclusive when they think about the people they may be with. Not just those of the opposite gender, but those that they truly care about. Although marriage rights are certainly a step in that direction. For now, there are so many countless people that are thrilled to finally be able to marry the one they love in their hometown and not have to have every member of their families fly out to San Francisco or some other far off city in order to see them marry and have their dream wedding.
Here’s hoping that the next generation won’t even think about discrimination against someone who decides to pursue someone of the same gender, or the opposite gender, or even someone who has no gender. Let’s hope that with new access to new and more powerful technology, they will be able to learn what schools exclude and know how to be safe when they go further with the one they love.