Equality is coming. For the first time ever, a U.S. president has come out in support of same-sex marriage. In an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, President Obama clearly stated, “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
Our movement has now been endorsed by the highest office in the country. In June, when you join us for the Celebration and Parade, we will be celebrating this new mandate for equality not only in this country but on a global scale.
There is so much work to be done, and now more than ever, it is important to take a stand for Pride.
This historic statement by the President took place on the heels of North Carolina voters approving Amendment One: changing the state constitution to recognize marriages only between a man and a woman, banning civil unions, and eliminating health care for public employees and children receiving domestic partner benefits.
The harsh reality is that there are many parts of the world where homosexuality itself is still a criminal offense. Individuals like Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, who is currently imprisoned along with several other men in Cameroon under Section 347a of the penal code for being gay, need voices to champion their cause as well.
Even as we note these trials, we must have faith that our time is coming. However, justice for LGBT people won’t come without millions of other voices coming out and celebrating not just marriage equality but “Global Equality”.