I don't feel qualified to discuss in depth the full legal and social implications of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision last week, but I feel compelled to offer my own generation's perspective. Generations after the Baby Boomers have had very few opportunities to measure up to the gains that generation made in the field of social justice. We have been marginalized by partisan politics and challenging religious affinities. I feel we have been defined not by what we can change, but by how much technology has affected our lives.
Any ubiquitous, closely held sentiments have been dismissed by the allure of social media or a general disregard for our relevancy. But if public opinion polls by the media are any indication, it was we who ushered in last week's verdict, so we should perhaps consider ourselves vindicated. Not because we employed Dr. King's methods of solidarity and peaceful resistance -- we did in some ways -- but because we refused to give credence to the casual bigotry of our parents.
We passively resisted their intellectual dissonance.
It didn't matter to us who a person wanted to marry, because who gives a f*^k. What matters is the content of his or her character. We were catapulted into a complicated job market, competing on a full world stage, and we brought this important afterthought with us. Who cares, be good to each other.
It isn't apathy, and we should recognize the importance of this sentiment. Last week, our culture decided to affirm a change in the world by defining sexual preference as a non-issue. It was not an aggressive approach, but rather one that is all our own.
We can define the conversation by refusing to respond to the wrong question.
We can overcome adversity by dismissing the issues that are no longer relevant, and moving on to those that matter. The economy matters, foreign relations matter, the environment matters, human rights matter... listening matters... but bigotry no longer gets an ear.
Cheers to those who had to struggle to be themselves up until now, and cheers to us, the enlightened few, who turned the spotlight onto what mattered long enough to force justice through. We are powerful indeed, and once we focus, we will make the world a better place.
Again, I am not qualified to speak for my generation of Americans, but I am proud of us nonetheless.
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