Rainbows have gone viral.
In celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that has allowed same sex marriage in all 50 American states, the internet has exploded with shear happiness. Everyone from websites to brands to individuals are sharing the symbol loud and proud, and the world is praising America for a move towards fostering equal rights in modern society.
I, for one, am proud of this country as well. Kudos to you, USA, for making this historic decision in favor of your fellowmen. You’ve made a world of mistakes in the past, and just like any other country, you still continue to make those mistakes. But this… this was one of your better choices.
I’d love to say that I’m here just to be happy, and stay positive for the state of LGBT life in the US. But I want to be realistic here.
The law is one thing, implementation is another. This bill had its share of detractors, enough to fill more than one Buzzfeed article with a series of ‘angry’ tweets that threatened moving to places like Canada and Australia. Heck, America’s version of the CBCP didn’t look too happy about the ruling, either.
What I’m trying to say is that yes, this is indeed a victory for the LGBTQ community in the US, but I’m sure they are aware that challenges will follow. People will say things, and people will try to do things that will change that ruling. Even if these people don’t succeed, there will be those that will continue to discriminate against these people despite this ruling.
I hope, and pray, for the sake of good ‘ol Uncle Sam and his people, that things will not get worse… that this will be the jumping off point to better things. That people like the Duggars or those American bishops will just choose to respect the members of the LGBTQ community, instead of berating them. What they do may be against your belief system, but they’re not trying to directly affect you. Nor are they telling you how to even live your lives. Respect them, and leave them alone.
I haven’t read of any updates yet on that Veejay Floresca story, nor have we heard anything more about the progress of the Jennifer Laude case.
I wonder if the Philippines will ever become open to same sex marriage, but I sure hope that we can at least increase our tolerance and respect for the members of the LGBTQ community.