I am still in shock. My body is shaking, unsure whether I should laugh or cry, dance or scream. Maybe there is a way to do it all at the same time.
Honestly, I never thought this day would come. I remember how I felt the day my state banned my rights by constitutional amendment. It hurt, but I knew that my state and country default to hate and denial of dignity. We have never been good at respecting basic human rights.
I want to feel like this is a victory, because it is, but I still don't feel like I am awake. Reality has merged with my dreams in a way that I can't believe happened.
This feeling, smiling while on the verge of tears, is one of the most amazing feeling I have ever experienced. Today, I am finally a full citizen in my country.
The tide of progress marches forward, and our understanding of liberty and oppression grow over time. As science continues to offer us a better understanding of the world as it is, we see the foolishness of past generations in the clear light of wisdom. All humans are equal. All humans.
To read the court calling the discrimination I have lived with my entire life "unjustified infringement" is one of those moments beyond words. I have been married to the person I love for almost two decades. Married in the eyes of God, but not in the state I live in. To be told that our relationship was a danger to the country hurt. Now, we can start planning a wedding...
These words now cover my community too:
It is hard to express my joy. I am sure this post makes me sound like a rambling idiot, but I had to say something, and I had to say it now. I am an equal citizen in my country. After 37 years of second class citizenship, I am now equal. We are now equal.