As you guys know, the wait for one battle to be done is finally over. On Friday, the Supreme court ruled that same sex marriage is a Constitutional right that is inherently deserved and is not illegal. As a member of the LGBTQIA community, I woke up extremely happy about this. This is the first step in a long journey to equalizing rights for us.
According to Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, “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.”
The decision was 5 to 4, so it was precariously close, yet we pulled through.
As much as I am happy with this amazing decision, I still cannot see this day as a complete win. As a woman of color, I am still liable to be killed for anything as simple as walking around in a hoodie. My life and the people of my community and other people of color still face a very serious danger to be seriously injured or killed, like the transgender community. We are still not safe and that still warrants a lot of energy and fight.
Just because this is a breakthrough does not mean we can relax or rest. We need to keep going. Listening and watching President Obama deliver that eulogy for Reverend Pickney, who we lost last week, it reminded me yet again how much ground we have left to give. This is a war. We may have won this battle, but it is one of many, and there are going to be much harder times, and we are just going to have keep breaking these walls.
What good is marriage if we cannot breathe?