the excitement in our group chat yesterday
I was fortunate to catch about an hour of the CNN coverage in Washington and I had never heard the story of the man who the Supreme Court case was named after but now I have no doubt that Jim Obergefell will become a household name. The speech he made moved me to tears and kept me in tears for about twenty minutes.
One of the most exciting things for me about this is knowing that my best friends will be able to marry the people they love. I have so much love and admiration for my LGBTQ+ friends and could not imagine my life without their support and friendship. The other thing that really makes me happy about the fantastic outcome of this ruling is that my younger siblings, cousins, and someday my own children, will be growing up in a less hateful America. It gives me hope that they will grow to be open minded and accepting.
In the wake of several hate-fueled crimes against black Americans, this is one little light in a dark and difficult time for our country. Both Obergefell and President Obama addressed the recent shooting in a black church in Charleston, North Carolina. The victims of the racist crimes will not be forgotten.
President Obama's amazing speech yesterday
But even in the wake of a tragedy, on Friday we were all given a reason to celebrate. And we are. We can celebrate love, happiness, and the dawn of a new United States. Seeing live footage of the gigantic group of people outside the Supreme Court yesterday was overwhelming in the best way. This is the icing on the LGBTQ+ Pride Month cake. And we can only go forward from here.