Today marks a big day for LGBTQ Americans. The landmark ruling by the Supreme Court extended marriage rights to all Americans, ruling that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and that states must honor and acknowledge same-sex marriages from other states. This means a lot for couples that want to marry. They now can gain access to the 1,000+ privileges that marriage affords.
But what about couples that choose not to marry, senior citizens living together, blended and extended families, close friends or siblings living in non-conjugal relationships, or households with multiple partners? We have a long way to go until we get to the point that all have access to the rights and privileges that now belong only to those that are legally married.
With that said, I'm elated by today's decision. Any step toward equality is a step in the right direction, but let's keep aiming for justice.
You can read more about all of this at Beyond Marriage.