Wednesday my husband, Mark, and I held our heads high, but no more than the day before. Our smiles however, were a bit more pronounced. Our eyes a bit brighter and our hearts have grown a bit larger.
I, for one, have always held my head high because I knew I was never less than any other American citizen.
Wednesday the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans are equally afforded protections and benefits, without exception under the 14th Amendment. The equal protection clause — one nation under God with liberty and justice for all. We are not there completely, but getting a whole lot closer!
The wisdom of the majority of the Supreme Court and the ever-present love from my extended family, friends, neighbors is so appreciated.
Today I extend to those who continue to look at me or other LGBT American citizens as less, an invitation to start anew. To choose understanding as opposed to misunderstanding. To see what is, not preconceptions. To defeat fear and instead embrace reality. To bury bigotry and stereotypes. To not look for differences, but instead celebrate and enjoy our shared American values. To move forward together for a more perfect union.
From now on it would be cool to be referred to as just your neighbors, your friends, the guys on the corner. We do not need the preface of the “gay guys.”
Walla Walla is a place for everyone!