Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marriage Equality for ALL

Today in the US, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding California's Proposition 8 and potentially a legal means to open the door for same-sex marriage across the entire United States. And while I personally feel that the court may side-step the issue entirely based on the tone of their questions, I'm still hopeful that a chance at achieving true marriage equality remains there.

Meanwhile on Facebook, lots of people started to change their profile photos to the image above in line with a social media blitz launched by the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. Tobie and I followed suit some time in the night (or in the middle of the day with respect to US time) to show our support from across the ocean.

I have previously blogged about why I feel gay marriage is important on a number of occasions, and it only makes to repeat that message here on Baduy Pride. This is about our right to have our love for our partners to be recognized by society as a whole after all and to attain the legal protections that come with the title of marriage.

I'm most touched by my straight friends who also took part in the social media activity. It's one thing to have members of the LGBT community discussing the importance of gay rights on social media, but to have straight friends doing the same is always a good. As we constantly state, LGBT rights are human rights after all. It's not about gender but about being afforded equal protections as fellow human beings. I can only hope that more friends join in supporting our fight for greater legal protections and rights as time passes or perhaps even join in a pride march some time.

The fight for LGBT rights cannot be won by the pink community alone. We are a minority group after all. That means that the greater majority of people out there need to practice that aspect of democracy that helps us look out for the minorities and marginalized groups out there and ensure their rights are protected. That's how the system is supposed to work.

Marriage Equality for ALL!!!
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