Yesterday another state set the marriage equality ball rolling. The Rhode Island House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would define marriage as the "union of two individuals" without regard for gender. The bill still has to pass in the Senate and faces other challenges before it will ever end up as state policy, but it has key supporters, including the Governor.
While this vote didn't surprise me, what did was the realization that RI would be JUST THE NINTH STATE to support marriage equality. Compare that with 31 states that have constitutional bans on marriage equality.
Dude! Fuck. Sigh.
The wheels of changes turn slow. Too slow. The idea that anyone should be vilified or denied basic rights because of who they love has always been a foreign concept to me and I'm privileged to fall in a non-persecuted category. I've never needed to hide feelings or wonder what the hell is wrong with me. If you read Gerty's wonderful post from yesterday, you might get the slightest feeling how torturous that can be. But until we accept that people don't have to fit into the majority norm, we force people to play a role, publicly, which further isolates young people in need of role models.
How many times do we need to go down this road before we realize that discriminating against a minority group that just wants a level playing field is an absurdly ignorant thing to do?