PRIDE Day

June 26, 2015.

It’s been three years since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry in the United States.

On that day, like every year, I was doing my very best to wish my husband a happy birthday while he was spending the first year away from his twin.

When I heard the news about this historic advancement of human rights, I was a little surprised. I wish I could say that I had faith that this country would see past its bigotry and hatred to let love win, but I never thought it would happen.

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OPINION: “Do or do not, there is no try”

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Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

 – Yoda

I’ve always had a very strong sense of patriotism. In high school, I won several speech-writing competitions showcasing this patriotism. I love this country and I truly believe that this country has all the workings and potential to be a leader in this world from our infrastructure to our governing processes to our educational institutions. I believe we could be the greatest country in the world if we tried.

As an adult, I’m still a patriot but I’m continuously frustrated with the direction our country is taking regarding civil rights, humanitarian issues, immigration, global warming, free speech, and violence. I’m devastated that we aren’t reaching our potential with regard to our infrastructure, governing processes, and educational institutions. I’m pissed that China owns the majority of our debt and that our national deficit is over $800 trillion in 2018. Most recently, I’m extremely upset that, on our border, children are being taken away from their families and jailed without any plan in place to reunite them with their families.

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OPINION: 50 Years of Loving

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of a historic Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, overturning the laws against interracial marriage in the US.  Like all civil rights milestones, this decision represented a progressive step forward for our country.

50 years later, the impact of this decision is plainly obvious when I watch television commercials, admire celebrities and public figures, go grocery shopping at my local Wal-Mart, and when I look at my partner.

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A little over 17 years ago, as teenagers, we met and began dating. Even then, the images and representation of our love weren’t as prevalent as it is today. For the most part, we had the support of our families, but throughout the years have had to overcome the stereotypes of our relationship within the South.

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