This is part of a series of posts from pro-choice high schoolers who support all aspects of reproductive justice and are becoming leaders in the fight for reproductive freedom in their communities.
“Why are you in favor of marriage equality?”
It’s very hard for me to answer that question. Marriage equality has always seemed like common sense to me and most of my generation. Even in Texas, most of my peers feel that denying this basic civil right is senseless. I am so happy that the Supreme Court felt the same way.
This is a big step toward a promising future for the LGBTQ+ community. Our entire country is finally acknowledging the validity and strength of love, regardless of someone’s gender or sexual orientation. It has taken us too many years, but society is finally giving some long-awaited respect. Of course, we still have work to do:
- Stereotyping, insensitive slurs and subtle discrimination is a reality for LGBTQ+ people on a daily basis.
- According to the 2013 LGBTQ Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, transgender people experience substantially more threats of violence, intimidation and harassment than other non-transgender LGB people.
- The majority of the nation does not have non-discrimination ordinances in places that protect LGBTQ+ people from being discriminated against in employment and housing. Currently, only 22 states and Washington D.C. have statewide protections for LGBTQ+ people seeking employment, an issue that’s regarded as the “next frontier” for the movement.
- Among homeless youth, 40 percent identify as LGBTQ+.
- Check out this comprehensive list that explains all of the hurdles that LGBTQ+ people face everyday in the U.S.
But, we are finally getting somewhere.
Maybe my thoughts are eluded by the hype of today, but I’m very optimistic about what the Supreme Court has granted us over the last few days. It kills me, however, to still see resistance from our own Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton.
Many counties in Texas are not yet granting marriage licenses, awaiting his approval. He believes state law could somehow override the Supreme Court’s decision. How this man became a licensed attorney is beyond me. Does he need a flashback Friday to Marbury v. Madison (aka the concept of judicial review!)? Clearly, for a man who’s currently under investigation by the Texas State Securities Board, interpreting what is and isn’t ethical should not be up to him.
Wait! Let’s not forget our <sarcasm>favorite</sarcasm> governor, Greg Abbott:
I fail to realize how a religious liberty could be threatened by a sheer commemoration of love. The majority of America has already “redefined” marriage. In fact, I’d like to see a direct citation of God defining it in the first place.
Without allying on a larger platform of equality, how is any movement supposed to stay credible? To advocate for reproductive justice, we can’t only advocate for rights of cisgender, heterosexual white women. We have to provide a comprehensive network of support: no matter how a person identifies, no matter their orientation, no matter their race. The platform of equality is continuous and omnipresent for all forms of justice.