Why Marriage Equality Isn’t Enough and Why #LoveStillWins
We’re about to embark on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling that made marriage equality possible for all. We celebrated in 2015 and we’ll celebrate again this year, because this is something we celebrate every day.
At Nebo, we believe in inclusiveness. We believe in equality. We believe that what unites us is greater than what divides us. We believe every single person deserves love, respect, dignity and happiness, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other stupid construct that we use to "other" people who don’t fit our mold.
This doesn’t mean we deserve a pat on the back or special recognition. This means we’re simply not shitty. It’s the bare minimum. To love and respect other humans shouldn’t be something we aspire to — it should be the norm.
That’s why marriage equality isn’t enough. We need to keep pushing for change. In society. In corporate culture. In our daily lives.
Domestic benefits should be the law, not something that companies can opt in or out of based on their beliefs or prejudices.
We need to keep fighting the stereotypes that we inadvertently assign to the LGBTQ community. We need to make sure that anyone — and I mean anyone, not just our LGBTQ friends and family — knows that they’re not different. They’re human. Just like anyone reading this post.
Whether it’s bathroom access rights, domestic partner benefits or fighting things like discrimination, intimidation or loose talk around the proverbial water cooler, we need to continue making progress. Marriage equality was a necessary step on the path toward inclusiveness and equality. But it’s just not enough.
Also, for all of the xenophobes, homophobes, bigots and small-minded, hate-filled mongers — please realize that you’re on the wrong side of history.
Power is an interesting and fickle thing. At the moment, our politics may feel broken and our country seemingly more divided than ever, but the beauty of our system (both economic and political) is that those in power have to earn it, or lose it.
Although people and parties come in and out of power, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Love wins. There is nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t matter how much you hate or how “uncomfortable” you are. Or even how much you think marriage equality is wrong.
You’re human, just like everyone else. Humanity is all we have. We’re equal. No person is better or worse because of who they love. That’s not just my belief — that’s a core belief and value of Nebo’s as well.
Hate is easy. Love is hard. And even if you disagree with us, we still love you. We still respect you. But here at Nebo, #LoveStillWins.