The Supreme Court decision that came down in 2015 in support of same-sex marriage was a historical and important ruling. It set the law for the United States that same-sex couples had the same rights to marry as heterosexual couples, overturning laws in many states that had long withheld the right to marriage from gay couples. While the ruling certainly changed the landscape regarding the legality of marriage, did it really make a big difference? Sure, the right to marry is now out there for all to make use of, but is the marriage equality fight truly done or is there still work that needs to be finished?
A Big Step in the Right Direction
There is no doubt that the Supreme Court ruling was a big step in the right direction. It helped to get rid of laws in many states that were still barring same-sex marriage. As important as the ruling was, there are still many laws in states that remain discriminatory to the LGBT community, and new laws seem to get enacted all of the time in conservative areas of the United States that threaten the rights and safety of the LGBT community. There are many states, towns and counties where laws exist that allow for the refusal of service based on sexual orientation. A large majority of states still allow the use of “conversion therapy” to patients under the age of 18.
What Still Needs to be Done?
While the laws enforcing marriage equality still exist, it is important that we all do more to create a country that gets back to the roots it was founded on of acceptance and respect. There has been slow and steady progress made over the years, and it is important that the hard work of the many in the past does not go for naught in the future. That is why what we do at One Love All Equal remains so important. We help to spread information and news about what is going on in the United States and the world to help keep important subjects in the mainstream conversation.
The fight for marriage equality may be over regarding current laws, but for now, the issues around equality are still in flux and need close watching. To keep yourself informed, take the time to visit our website at www.oneloveallequal.org so you can keep up with the latest news, articles, and information regarding the LGBT community, equality, discrimination and other issues that are of vital importance to us all.