The Rainbow House

Yesterday the United States (U.S.) supreme court made a historic decision. They decided that same-sex marriage should be a right nationwide. The U.S. now joins the likes of Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Ireland (2015), and the country I live in The Netherlands (2001). World wide there are 22 countries that have same-sex Marriage in some form.

I share in the celebration of this historic day however I do wonder at the sudden overwhelming support of certain institutions, for example the White House. The president has never wanted to take a firm stance on the issue of same-sex marriage. Staying on the safe side and leaving it up to the supreme court to decide. Almost 7 years into his presidency Obama has been a disappointment to some in the LGBT community, who have expected his presidency to have caused this moment to have come sooner.

The White House may have tuned into a rainbow house, however this does not take away from the fact that the U.S. still lags behind on many LGBT (especially T) issues. So this is not the end of the fight. This is a step. A historic day for the U.S. that should show that a struggle can take a long time before it yields its fruit. I hope the U.S. can continue down this trend and pick up the pace on LGBT rights issues and not become complacent. Being a beacon of human rights world wide, requires actual human rights nation wide first. Without this, the U.S. (including its leadership and gay rights organizations) will only profile itself as hypocritical.


Author: joelillidge

Joël Illidge is a blogger on health and culture topics with a focus on the sexual health of ethnic minorities in the Netherlands, particularly the Dutch Caribbean LGBTIQ community. He has an educational background in Health Sciences (B.Sc.) and Physiotherapy (B.Health.), and is currently embarking on a Masters in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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