On Friday, June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. By this decision, all Americans, no matter their gender and sexual orientation, can now marry whoever they love.
The majority of the justices —Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy —held that the right for same-sex couples to marry the people they love is protected under the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection and due process.
Following the landmark decision, In a nine-minute address in the Rose Garden, President Obama has expressed his satisfaction. He believes that “[t]his ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It’s a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come.”
It’s a rainbow victory, a rainbow revolution. No one has the right to tell people who to love and marry. Such decision is personal and regards no one else but the persons involved. Just because you don’t like something does not make it unlikable for others.
Some are using Bible verses to corroborate their arguments of refute against the Supreme Court’s decision. These verses, in my humble opinion, should be kept and read to whomever gives a damn as the United States is a democracy, not a theocracy.
We need to stop infringing upon the rights of others and dictating them how they should and must live their lives.
What you choose to do with your life is your business. Do as you please so long as by your actions you do not make it impossible or difficult for others in society to enjoy their freedom –like you are enjoying yours.
Tolerance is everything in a democracy; it allows us to better understand the people who are different than us. And if we can understand them, we will be able to live in harmony with them, and that is in spite of our irreconcilable differences.