#LOVEWINS

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
-Frances Wright

June 26, 1015

If you have looked through social media, or almost any company’s logo today (even WordPress), you might notice a rainbow here and there, or everywhere.

With extreme happiness, I am truly proud to say the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage across the nation. Of course, this had been a controversial topic in this country for years, and today, the historic victory point has been reached. The talk of the confederate flag at the beginning of the week was a completely different situation from the waving of colorful flags today, and for that, my heart is overwhelmed with joy at how far we’ve come.

With that said, I would like to take a moment to congratulate every individual who had fought so hard for the official approval of love everyone deserves on this victory. Here are some powerful images of the nation celebrating the court’s decision on this significant day.

Gay marriage supporters rejoice after the supreme court's decision. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images
Gay marriage supporters rejoice after the supreme court’s decision. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images
Supporters celebrate outside the White House as it lit up with pride colors. Photo: Mladen Antonov / Getty Images
Supporters celebrate outside the White House as it lit up with pride colors. Photo: Mladen Antonov / Getty Images
Gay couple embracing in happiness. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty
Gay couple embracing in happiness. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty
Brands celebrate marriage equality with rainbow logos. Photo: via Buzzfeed
Brands celebrate marriage equality with rainbow logos. Photo: via Buzzfeed

Though this is a giant leap in regards to marriage equality, remember that the fight is far from over. Individuals celebrating this victory today could still be fired from the workplace on Monday for their sexual orientation. Most states do not have employment non-discrimination laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity. Here’s a more visual representation:

Photo: The Huffington Post via ACLU
Photo: The Huffington Post via ACLU

I should also remind you that the supreme court’s decision on gay marriage is only valid for the US, not the rest of the world. In fact, almost all of the eastern world still fail to recognize this issue. In some countries, one can even get killed for being associated with homosexuality.

Countries where gay marriage is legal nationwide. Photo: Quartz

It is important to be aware of the struggles regarding this issues and give support to those who need it and educate those who don’t know about it. In this country, gay marriage is now legalized, but it needs to be normalized.

This fight is not a problem of religion, but one of love and basic human rights.

At the end of the day, we all can learn from this issue and its victories. This taught us that if we fight hard with determination, change is possible and good consequences will occur.

As these words come to an end, here’s the Supreme Court’s beautiful closing paragraph on the matter:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Love is love. Everyone is equal no matter who they are or who they love.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to take a moment to remember the brothers and sisters who didn’t make it to see this days. We know you would be happy.

All the love.


Photo credit:

Rebecca Cook/ Reuters (Featured image)

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