What Marriage Equality Means: The Silenced Voices of Violence

Rose Water Magazine

In a ruling with a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. All over the United States, cis gender gays, lesbians and their allies will be celebrating because, yes, it is a triumph, but we should remember that the end is nowhere in sight. Laws don’t change people’s perceptions, especially when it comes to issues like gender and sexuality.

As we have seen throughout history, symbolic, life-changing moments similar to today’s victory often cause backlash. There will be an increase in violence because the people that don’t accept the LGBTQ movement will be angry, disturbed and offended. Much of the backlash will involve violence against low-income people of color who don’t confirm to society’s idea of gender. The US will accept gay marriage, but expect couples to conform to the accepted “norm” of what cis gender people think of marriage.

Let’s celebrate the victory, but also remember the consequences…

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