June 26th, 2015
After listening to the audio from oral arguments presented to SCOTUS in April 2015, I waited.
I had been engaged for about eight months in a state that would not recognize my impending marriage, so I waited.
I knew that with all of the momentum marriage equality had in the past year that love would surely win -- it had to.
But still, I waited.
Then, on the morning of June 26th, 2015, the wait was over.
I was working at Starbucks, when my manager called to me from across the floor, “did you hear that Shaun? They ruled in favor of marriage equality!”
I stood there for a second, processing her words.
Then I broke down into tears.
It was a visceral reaction, because I knew, logically, that love would win.
But in that moment, I became overwhelmed by my feelings.
Not only would I be marrying the woman of my dreams in four months, but that marriage would be recognized by the state I called home.
It’s been a year since that monumental decision that changed so many people’s lives for the better.
It has been a year for celebration & for joining lives together & for love.
But we cannot forget, the fight isn’t over.
We can’t stop fighting while we can still be fired because of who we love.
We can’t stop fighting while our trans* sisters & brothers are being slaughtered.
We can’t stop fighting while we are still harassed on the street for holding hands or kissing.
We can’t stop fighting while we are getting gunned down in the clubs we consider sanctuaries.
Samantha Bee said it best -- “love does not win, unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f*cking problems.”
We won a battle last year, but we still have to fight in the war.
Love has to keep winning.
Happy anniversary, y'all.
cover photo by Alex Wong