Hello all my friends, if you know anything about me or have read any of my other blog posts you will know that I am big on all things LGBT and basically just issues that go on in the world. This is an editorial about the fight for LGBT marriage so enjoy !
We are here, We are Queer, Get used to it
How is it that a year after the same-sex marriage ruling, states were still not issuing licenses to same-sex couples? Even when gay marriage gets legalized and things are finally starting to look up in the LGBT+ community, there are still limitations to what they can and cannot do.The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. If this is true, then why are eleven counties going as far as simply making people stop issuing marriage licenses to all couples regardless of sex or gender. Is it that if you don’t get what you want, no one does?
Why is this law not being enforced? Now, we aren’t perfect. How could we be? Being “perfect” is not in the human nature. However, as humans, we should be able to follow rules and act humanely. Is THIS in our nature? To ignore what is right?
The fight for rights in the lgbt community has been long and tedious. In the early 1970s, gay and lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in various states, but these efforts did not succeed. They were turned away and not were not given the time of day. Lawsuits were also rejected based on the court’s interpretation of existing legal definitions of marriage. In a whopping 30 years, they finally got some progress in their fight but it was very minimal.
We haven’t come very far. Despite gay marriage now being legal, states just won’t take no for an answer. In 2013 the supreme court decided to uphold a lower court decision that overturned prohibitions on same-sex marriage. While that may seem like a good thing, state legislatures across the country reacted strongly to this so they started introducing marriage refusal bills more frequently. The number of bills rose to 220 percent that year but only two bills had been passed.
Even though any lgbt person is in fact a human and has rights, they are pushed off as if they are nothing but a speck of dirt. Couples were at least one spouse is transgender have also face challenges in fighting for rights. Many transgender people underwent sexual reassignment surgeries prior to entering opposite sex marriage. So in technical terms, it was still a gay marriage. Some sexual reassignment surgeons also required that their married patients get divorced before agreeing to perform the procedure. A transgender wife in Texas was denied the right to bring a wrongful death suit when her husband died of a misdiagnosed blood clot. The court of appeals declared that the couple’s marriage of seven years was invalid because the wife was born male.
Opponents of same-sex marriage argue that the institution of marriage should apply to unions between one man and one women. According to this viewpoints, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry undermines the institution of marriage itself. Much of the debate on same-sex marriage stems from religious teachings on marriage and homosexuality. Islam, for example, does not support same-sex marriage at all while Catholics don’t support it but allow it.
Even though there are protests and fights for the rights that the lgbt community deserves, nothing is happening. Use words and take steps to speak from the heart.
Surveys showed that in 2009, 2012, and 2015 most people supported or was willing to allow same-sex couples to marry. Then, why are some places ignoring majority? What happened to majority rules? Well, the answer is simple. People are afraid of change, and, that’s okay. What is not okay, is for people to ban things that make us who we are. It is not okay for people to decide who you should love and who you should be. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Don’t change yourself. Fight for the right to be yourself.