Gay rights in California have reached new grounds as of the past week. Two victories rocked California’s gay communities earlier in the week and set the wheels of change turning. Now, the floodgates are open and gay marriages are being performed freely in our state.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its ban on same-sex marriages on June 28th, making California the 13th state to legalize gay marriage. This not only is a joyful moment for those who have been waiting, protesting, and advocating for the cause, but to those in general who believed that the change might never come.
“There should have never been an issue in the first place,” said Peter Jordan, an advocate for gay rights. “But as of now, things are finally as they should be.”
This is definitely not the end of Sacramento’s battle against all types of discrimination. Members of the collective Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community (or LGBTQ), have rejoiced in the news but also made it clear that this is not the end of their activism. On Wednesday, June 26th, the LGBTQ declared their next course of action.
“While celebrating today’s victory, we ask that you pair your celebration with a declaration to continue supporting cultural change and fighting bigotry in our community. Declare that LGBTQ youth should NOT make up more than 30% of homeless youth. Declare that seniors should NOT face isolation and harassment in long-term care. Declare that transgender health benefits are NOT a burden, but a right.”
Though the battle for full equality still needs to be fought in schools, the streets, and other places, the victory has still put smiles on the faces many of Sacramento citizens.
To learn more about LGBTQ and their ongoing projects here in Sacramento, you can visit their website, here.