Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal
In a historic decision, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing same-sex marriage. This vote will require that all 50 states allow marriages between couples regardless of genders.
This past week, it became clear that the Supreme Court was likely to make a decision on the case by the end of the week. As the Opinions editor, this excited me because either way it’d be a great topic to talk about. As a queer person, this absolutely terrified me. Most people thought it’d go in favor, but there was still the chance it wouldn’t. The thought that the Supreme Court would choose “no” was always nagging at the back of my mind.
The decision comes fittingly at the end of National Pride Month, full of parades and celebrations supporting equality. In Massachusetts, it’s pretty easy to forget that not everywhere allows same-sex marriage. We’ve allowed it for so long and lived in such a liberal state that a lot of people got accustomed to our way of thinking. It was easy to forget that in many states, people couldn’t marry the person they loved. Even if the Supreme Court didn’t vote for marriage equality, same-sex couples could still marry who they loved in Massachusetts.
Unfortunately this isn’t the end all be all of equality. There still needs to be a fight for equal treatment, equal pay, trans rights, adoption and medical rights and countless more. The list goes on and on. Too many lives are lost to LGBTQ+ related attacks and mental disorders. The ruling isn’t going to make all conservatives change their minds. There’s still going to be a lot of queer people living in horrible and dangerous situations in communities that don’t accept them, but this is a fantastic and promising start.
I read the verdict while walking down the street next to my best friend, coincidentally the first person I came out to. Was tearing up on a sketchy side street in Brighton my finest moment? Probably not. But the feeling of seeing this vote wasn’t like any other I’ve had before. When I went to write this, I honestly didn’t know what could even be said. I was speechless and elated and so proud. I can’t even begin to describe what this means for the LGBTQ+ community.
To the Supreme Court, thank you. To the couples and widows that testified, thank you for reliving horrible memories and fighting for all of us. To America, congratulations.