“The world could use more Love. Why deny it to others?” -DaShanne Stokes
Next month, thousands of LGBTQ individuals will celebrate as we reach the second anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case that finally legalized same-sex marriage nation-wide. Despite the decision reaching its second year of federal protection, the new administration threatens the security and rights that LGTBQ members have fought tirelessly to gain. This right, along with others like adoption, are still widely debated today.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that approximately four percent, some nine million people, identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Since its legalization in the summer of 2015, the number of same-sex marriages has risen to approximately 390,000 according to a recently conducted Gallup poll.
Below is an infographic highlighting some facts and figures about the acceptance of same-sex marriage in the United States. I offer this data simply to broadcast empirical data, but as a young adult who remembers awakening one June morning two years ago to the glorious surprise that Love won, I stress the importance of realizing what it means to be told you don’t deserve the same rights as everyone else; to be told you can’t Love another person because of who you are and who they are. We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
We don’t fight for our equal rights, but rather we fight for our natural rights.
To my LGBTQ readers and our allies, please share your story of Love and how you had to fight for it below.