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SCOTUS decision prompts 'Celebration'

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Posted July 6, 2015

LGBT Affairs, cont'd.

For many, the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage means 'everything is different now.' We've compiled some views and news, including heartfelt commentary by local resident Clayton Richardson of Space Coast Pride, who writes: 'I finally feel like I am a full citizen of this great country.' A special thank you to Clayton for sharing these thoughts with all of us.
-- SCPA Editor

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Celebration!

By Clayton Richardson
Secretary, Space Coast Pride
Published in Space Coast Pride July 2015 E-Newsletter distributed July 3, 2015

When marriage equality came to Florida in January, we were ecstatic. But we were left with a patchwork of states that would not recognize same-sex marriages.  The recent Supreme Court ruling is so incredible! All 50 states!!!

I am going to get personal now. I finally feel like I am a full citizen of this great country. Everything is different to me now and I cannot come up with words to express it. It's just too much. All I can say is: humanity, normal, natural, family, respect, honesty, struggle, pride, freedom, and so much LOVE.

Many people have died and have not seen this accomplishment. We should never forget the effort that was needed to achieve this.

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Space Coast Pride
http://www.spacecoastpride.org/

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No longer feeling like a stranger in my own country
The Washington Post, by Jonathan Capehart, July 6, 2015

“I feel like a stranger in my own country,” I remember saying with exasperation to my editor the morning after the 1994 election that saw a “Republican Revolution” take over both houses of Congress for the first time in more than 40 years. As an African American and a gay American, I’d grown accustomed to that feeling. One where we were viewed and made to feel like we were apart from rather than a part of this great nation.

The election of President Obama in 2008 changed that “other” feeling for part of me. Nothing like your fellow citizens putting a black man in the Oval Office to make you stand tall. After talking to a few people over the past week and a half, I‘m not the only one who believed that the heady feelings of hope (and change) that followed that remarkable night six years ago were repeated on June 26, 2015. ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/07/06/no-longer-feeling-like-a-stranger-in-my-own-country/?tid=trending_strip_4

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.
The Washington Post, by Caitlin Dewey, June 29, 2015

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.” ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/06/29/more-than-26-million-people-have-changed-their-facebook-picture-to-a-rainbow-flag-heres-why-that-matters/

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A “view” from the Courtroom: A marriage celebration
SCOTUSblog, by Mark Walsh, June 26, 2014

… Retired Justice John Paul Stevens enters and takes the VIP seat next to Reporter of Decisions Christine L. Fallon. Other Court employees file in, and the law clerks’ customary vestibule is filling up as well.

At 10 a.m., the Court takes the bench, and the Chief Justice announces that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. ...

http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/06/a-view-from-the-courtroom-a-marriage-celebration/

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OTHER LINKS

'Gay people are... family members, neighbors...'
http://www.scpaflorida.com/item/3050-gay-people-are-family-members-neighbors

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