This post is for my best friend, Roxanne.
Love is like the sunshine. It warms you. I’m not just saying this because I happen to be in Florida right now either. Love is a big subject for a 23 year old. We make important decisions in the name of love. It is always on the brain. But yesterday was a big day for love, no matter what one’s age. The U.S. Supreme Court voted to strike down DOMA and Proposition 8, and I can’t think of anything else to write about. While it might not have anything to do with travel, it has to be written about. It has to be a day to remember forever. It is reassurance that love wins every battle.
But there is no battle on the subject, in my opinion. I love you, period. I have seen families torn apart over two words: I’m gay. I’ve heard all the stories of people bullying each other. I have held my friends as they’ve cried. But not today. Today we celebrate love. It is a gleam that I’ve seen in the eyes of my friend Roxanne as she holds her girlfriend’s hand in public. We celebrate the overwhelming comfort a boy feels when he is wrapped in the arms of another man. It is a feeling that never happened with a girl. We celebrate the feeling of admiration we get when we see two mothers posing for a picture with their adopted daughter in their arms at Disney World. We admire a young girl’s courage to cut all of her hair off, or a boy’s security when he keeps his chin high as he is called a faggot. We shout in support when watching a father standing up for his gay offspring. We rejoice as we see politicians make speeches for Equality. We cry when we hear our preachers say, “Yes, God loves you.”
I am happy for America. I’m proud to say that I live in a country where we have the freedom of religion, the right to vote, and a government that recognizes love. We have put aside those comments that our friends and family have said, the comments we will never forget, and we march on with the millions of Americans who love us as we are. I cannot wait to go to my first gay wedding. I cannot wait to see pictures of matching wedding dresses and tuxedos. And while there is still much fighting to be done, today we celebrate. Kiss your loved ones today, whatever sex they are. Explain the significance of yesterday’s events to your children. Blast some Lady Gaga. Dance in front of your television with Ellen. Let love shine as bright as the sun for today and forever.