Psychologists say the first impression left is always the strongest impression to hold. When traveling through Paris, the first thought passing through my mind was life, culture, and action! This is truer than ever as France passed a tremendously influential law legalizing gay marriage on May 17th, 2013. This law represents ‘changing environments’ in its fullest entirety. This revolutionizing shift will shine reflectively through culture, ethics, business, and for all countries. Just as President Barack Obama wants one to “keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. Be the best husband to your wife or your boyfriend or your partner. Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.” So you see, being LGBT friendly is nothing less than accepting the natural, respecting psychological basis of ‘being human’. These moments in France and in twelve of our home states has made the Huffington Post 17 LGBT Political Moments That Made Us Proud This Year. As we ponder these changes and absorb the culture of generations to develop, it is important to embrace the benefits of our gay counterparts.
Here is a list of ‘food for thought’ from the Huffington Post of 7 Ways the U.S.A. Benefits From the Legalization of Gay Marriage:
1. Promotes Equality and Non-Discrimination in Society
2. Fosters Psychological, Physical, and Social Wellbeing Amongst LGBT People
3. Promotes Family Stability and Validates LGBT Family Units
4. Provides Economic and Business Opportunities
5. Fosters True Freedom of Religion
6. Assists With the De-politicization of LGBT Rights
7. Strengthens National Identity and International Reputation
It’s absolutely no wonder France took this initiative and brave step to embrace the LGBT Community. The beneficial possibilities for the unity are endless. This is more than accepting gay livelihood, this is breaking down walls and accepting culture.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
~King Jr. Martin Luther
What do you think of these global cultural changes? Do you feel this demotes discrimination for all? Leave a comment below.
- Timeline: Gay Marriage In Law, Pop Culture And The Courts (npr.org)
- Murray Lipp: 7 Ways the U.S.A. Benefits From the Legalization of Gay Marriage (huffingtonpost.com)
- 55 per cent of Britons support gay marriage (standard.co.uk)
- Justices Rule On 2 Gay Marriage-Related Cases – NPR (npr.org)