By Danielle Spitz, Guest Blogger July 17, 2015
After sleeping in on another lazy summer day, I continued my morning routine by checking my phone for Instagram and Snapchat updates. After tapping and scrolling through dozens of posts with the hashtag “#lovewins,” I finally put two and two together to realize that same-sex marriage had been legalized in all 50 states. Like everyone else in the country, I was completely shocked and speechless, but mainly overwhelmed by an intense sense of reassurance.
To know that I live in a country where people are free to love whomever they want and make that love binding, is an indescribable feeling. Although it seems like a basic civil right for same-sex marriage to be legal, it took some time for many people to accept this concept.
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While it is true that many people out there still disagree with the idea of same-sex marriage, it became evident that the supporters of this important topic trump the opposing side. As the viral hashtag would imply, love truly does conquer all, no matter how cheesy it may sound.
This argument is often associated with the constitution, highlighting the foundation that our country was built on to ensure equality for all. Before this ruling, gay and lesbian people were not treated as equals by any means and were denied the legal rights and benefits of other married couples.
A crucial decision that would drastically change the lives of many people in the United States and influence the lives of those all around the world was placed into the hands of nine judges who only passed it with a 5-4 ruling. The ratio is somewhat discouraging, but it should be used as motivation rather than disappointment.
This ruling was a huge step for our country and can be continued as a ripple effect until it is legal in all countries.
Now that same-sex marriage is a federal law, we truly have the power to make an impact on this world for generations to come. This ruling was a huge step for our country and can be continued as a ripple effect until it is legal in all countries. By learning more about the LGBTQ community and educating people who don’t know that much about it, the more people will become aware that it is still a growing issue and there is plenty of work to be done.
Legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States was just the beginning, and I am excited to watch and participate in the unfolding of the rest of this long-awaited story.
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High school student Danielle Spitz is an aspiring journalist. She writes for her school newspaper and of course IATG! She loves reading, writing, running, binge watching anything on Netflix, shopping, and contributing to a world in which women build each other up and receive the respect they deserve.
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