On Friday, June 26, 2015 love changed the world.
After decades of battle, The Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that denying marriage equality was unconstitutional in all states. After multiple years and millions of dollars (that could’ve gone toward hunger, poverty, housing and medical care) same sex couples throughout the country were able to get married.
As I sit here, happily and legally married to the man I have loved for the last twenty-four years, I ask myself how this seemingly impossible dream had come true during my lifetime.
The answer is Love. And not necessarily the love you may think. Sure, the love between two people is absolutely paramount to the cause, as that is what we have been genuinely fighting for.
The love I’m speaking of is the bond between those that come into our lives as our surrounding family and friends and learn to care for us and hope for our best.
As LGBT citizens have become more comfortable coming out of the closet, those allies around them have built an ever-expanding invisible swell of love for decades.
A love that accepts, protects, includes, encourages and nurtures. A love that says; “Be genuinely who you are. All that you are is perfect to me”.
A love that comes from an instinctual place in the human soul with its merciful need to express compassion and understanding. Resisting when their LGBT family and friends are disenfranchised and treated as second class citizens, just for being who they were genetically designed to be. Expressing their own intolerance toward the merciless, demeaning agendas of those who seek to diminish.
It is this love that has created a palpable force moving like a giant wave across our country, spreading a new message that equality for LGBT people shall not be sabotaged or held captive.
This is the force of love that is winning out.
So, to our ever-supportive mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and our family of friends; I thank you with every fiber of my being.
Be proud, for your love is a powerful force helping to change the world.
Sean Chandler is a happily married award-winning writer, podcaster and activist. Of his projects, “At The Flash”, a play co-written with his husband David Leeper and under the direction of David Zak, had it’s World premiere in Chicago at the Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, West Coast premiere at the Celebration Theatre in West Hollywood, European premiere at the International Dublin Gay Theater Festival where it was nominated for the Oscar Wilde New Works Award for 2014 and has been selected to be the Grand Opening play for this year’s “Gayfest! 2015” in Philadelphia. Sean can also be heard as Ace Lundon’s co-host on the “Lundon Calling Empty Closet Series” podcast.
He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Pride Films and Plays Writers Network. He resides in New York. For more information visit: