Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

Wow.  It’s difficult to believe that a little over a week has passed since the Supreme Court’s decision on Obergefell vs. Hodges.   I still have to stop and remind myself that it really happened.  Then, after I let it sink in that marriage is really legal for all loving and committed couples across the United States, I remind myself that this far from puts an end to the struggles of the LGBTQ community.  Then, I remind myself that we are still battling our racial prejudices and gender inequalities.  We celebrate this day, and I believe it is a day worth celebrating, as if it symbolizes the freedom of all citizens of the United States from all inequalities and tyrannies in our lives.  As much as I wish that were true, it simply is not.  Still, a major victory has been won.  As a nation we have taken a bold step forward, and I was glad to have been able to be a very small voice in the struggle to make it happen.

Love Wins Cookie

Columbus Doo Dah Parade

As much as I wish we truly could all sit back now and live as if the battle is won, I know that we cannot.  As long as people are being shot in churches because of the color of their skins, as long as people can be fired from their jobs because of who they love or because their gender doesn’t align with who people think they should be, as long as there is clear disparity between the compensation that a woman receives as compared to a man in the same role, there is work to be done.  Tonight, we set of fireworks and the celebrate what we have accomplished, and we have come far from where we began as a nation, but, tomorrow, it back to work, back to striving to become the nation that I know we can be, the nation that we should be, a nation where we are not ignorant of our differences, but where we embrace them and appreciate each other because of them.

 Let’s get back to work!


© Joshua Culbertson 2015

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