All You Need is Love.
Dear Proponents of the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Washington State,
I want to thank every single one of you who took the time to vote and approve Referendum 74. I’m overcome with emotion and pride, happy to be a resident of Washington State right now. I hope you are, too.
I’m not gay, and you might not be either — but all of us, we know someone who is. A friend, a sister, a brother, a cousin, an aunt, uncle, coworker, classmate, niece, nephew, son, daughter or even mother or father. With love and respect, we helped fight a fight with them that should have been settled long ago.
As a young girl, I’ve always felt compelled to challenge old-fashioned, outdated and frankly bigoted ideas over homosexuality. I’ve never understood why the LGBT community was treated differently than any other person or treated as a lesser being that needed to be fixed or changed. As a Western Washingtonian, I’ve always thought the majority of our population held a liberal standpoint when it came to civil rights. Growing up here, I had wondered to myself why we weren’t the very first state to legalize gay marriage. Weren’t we a forward thinking population? Weren’t we open minded and accepting?
Together,we were thrilled over Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 that arrived last spring, with officials allowing same sex marriage. Consequently, we were disappointed and disheartened when discriminators of marriage equality collected signatures that put Referendum 74 on the ballot to pose a question we knew to be indisputable. Despite the setback, I never lost faith that we would pull together once more to allow happiness and equality to all residents of Washington State.
When we have grown, our children and grandchildren will read about this in their history books, much like we read about the civil rights movement of the sixties in ours. Like us, they will have the same thought: How could we discriminate human beings like this? What gives us or politicians the right to make decisions about what we do, who we love, or who we don’t love? We will be able to tell our kids, grandkids or great grandkids that we were part of this change, that we helped make it happen, and how incredibly amazing it felt to see it through.
Cheers to all of you who supported a vast group of people gain rights that were past due. Feel proud to be a compassionate and accepting Washingtonian. We did this. We’re doing this.
With love and thanks,
Beautiful song and video by Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love” supporting civil rights and marriage equality. Please take a listen.