I’m writing this on the 26th of June, 2015. This is a date which will be remembered by many for a long time to come. It is the day that America finally legalised gay marriage across the country, enshrining it as a right for all citizens.
This huge development comes after many years of campaigning by gay rights activists which led to a Supreme Court ruling, which was today released as being in favour of legalising gay marriage.
This is great news, there is no denying that, but America still has a long, long way to go, like almost all other nations, before it can truly be said that “All men are created equal”. Perhaps the best illustration of this is the Supreme Court ruling itself. Out of the 9 judges, 5 voted in favour of legalising gay marriage, with the other 4 voting against.
There is still widespread homophobia, not only in America, but across the world, and allowing gays to marry does not bring an end to it, although it is a very good place to start. I am straight, but I support gay rights, because it is my simple belief that we are, essentially, all the same. We are all human. The same. Equals. Nobody should be persecuted, made to feel less, intimidated, bullied, abused or attacked just because of who they are.
And that extends to religion and race as well. America is making strides, but it cannot be denied that there is still racism in America today. The numbers of unarmed black people shot by the police force in America is staggering, and is quite disgusting really. America, this bastion of freedom and equality, so willing to wage war on those doing harm abroad, must now take a long, hard look in the mirror and decide to move forward, and past differences so trivial as sexuality and race.
This may seem like a rant directed solely at America, but it is not. Everybody must learn to put aside their differences, let the past be the past and go forward, together, into a new world. That is my hope, and there are many who will object, but I do believe that it is possible. I really hope that you do too.