Our View: We’re not there yet

KS Editors

On June 28, 1969, protests erupted from the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City after police raided the Stonewall Inn. At the time, homosexual sex was illegal in the state, as well as every other, save for Illinois. These protests lasted for the next six days.

Marriage equality came to life 46 years later, this past June. In a 5-4 ruling, same-sex marriage became the law of the land. Reactions were mostly positive, prompting hashtags such as #LoveIsLove and #LoveWins.

Since then, several situations have popped up that suggest the nation is not following a progressive path. Houston recently dismissed an anti-discrimination law that would have protected the LGBTQ community from workplace, housing and public accommodation discrimination. Opponents targeted the law by suggesting people could take advantage of the law and pose as trans* in order to gain access to a different restroom.

The Mormon Church does not allow children of same-sex couples to join until they turn 18 years old. Even then, they have to move out of their parents’ home, refuse to support same-sex relationships and gain approval from top leaders of the church.

These events don’t mean the nation is becoming less progressive, though. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Society isn’t at a place where acceptance is universal yet. Marriage equality was the result of several cases put together from different states, Ohio being one of them. It was a huge step. and people should expect those with opposing views to want laws to revert back to how things were. The discouraging part is these situations are real and they’re messing with the lives of LGBTQ members, but they do not discount a Supreme Court victory.

The above editorial is a consensus opinion of The Kent Stater editorial board, whose names are listed above.