At the turn of the millennium, the introduction of same-sex marriage anywhere in the world, let alone the United States, seemed a far off dream. However, 15 years later, a movement described as the latest instalment of the civil rights movement is celebrating a massive victory. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 22 countries and in a landmark ruling yesterday by the Supreme Court, marriage equality has finally come to all corners of the US, after deciding that same-sex marriage is constitutional. Who would have thought back in 2001, when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, that this day would come?!
What yesterday proved is that people across the world are becoming increasingly more tolerant and accepting of their fellow citizens, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race. As a result, marriage equality will continue to spread and bring joy to same-sex couples in countries around the world, once politicians finally catch up with the swell of public opinion calling for LGBT people to be able to marry the person they love.
Future generations will look back on yesterday and praise the Supreme Court’s decision as a key milestone in LGBT rights, but with a tinge of disappointment that such a move didn’t happen sooner.