On June 26 2015, the highest court of the United States of America simply referred to as the(US Supreme Court), struck out all state laws banning same-sex marriages from their statutes.
This singular act by the supreme of the most powerful nation in world meant that, same-sex marriage had became not just acceptable in all the fifty states in America, but also legal.
I remember that day pretty well, because I was glued to my television set, watching the Cable News Network (CNN) and witnessed for myself how the host of Anderson Cooper 360 (Himself a gay) took the live feed in a jubilant mood over the surprising decision by the Supreme Court.
It was also quiet interesting watching the kind of pictures painted outside the Supreme Court following the infamous verdict- men kissing men passionately, and women kissing women passionately and locking tongues all over with careless abundance.
Need I repeat that all this happened within the very precincts of the US supreme court?
At long last! the US has asserted itself not only as the most powerful nation on the earth, but also the ‘freeist’ country in the whole wide world by fully endorsing gay marriage and approving LGBT rights.
The gay pride parade was insane, trust me, it wasn’t surprising that a few months later, some countries in the European Union (EU) joined in the legitimization of such an aborminal act.
I recall vividly that on that evening, I called up one of my Brazilian friends, a woman who had always been a strong advocate and a strong supporter of LGBT rights to pick her mind on what had just happened in the US.
In her exhilarating voice, she said to me…..GUY GEE, you know this is the best news I have received in my entire life. So good to be true.. She added.
Being a bisexual herself, she had engaged me in several arguments and matured conversations on this subject and I remember how she often called me deranged, dumb, misinformed and bias especially ( when she was in her angry mood) even though she was a very calm and sweet person.
Sadly we’ve lost touch for years now due to the fact that ,each time we discussed the issue the argument somehow degenerated. The last one of such, really did! Especially after I had shared with her a YouTube link of a documentary by Anderson Cooper and CNN talking about the history of gay/LGBT rights.
The documentary in question showed how in the 1970s, men and women who showed the tendencies associated of today’s LGBQTI’s were consider “Act of Madness” by the American Psychological Association.
So how did we get here, such that today America has boldly accepted and legalized such tendencies?
The documentary as I watched it on the YouTube link revealed that in the 1970s a few bravemen like Huey Newton (then the leader of the infamous Black Panther Movement) were the early persons who openly voiced out in support for the recognition of LGBTs.