The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights

The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights

The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights

The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights

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The town I live in is girded by cornfields and good ol' boys. It's nowhere near large enough to support a gay pride parade the last weekend of June, when cities across America commemorate with parades the so-called Stonewall Riots that launched the modern lesbian and gay rights movement in 1969. The town's gay men and lesbians do something at once more radical and more ordinary than that. We have a gay contingent in the town's all-American Fourth of July Parade. The parade draws in crowds from all over the county and much of the rest of east-central Illinois. Last year, as a purple parade banner streamed by the crowds reading [Lesbian and Gay Pride,] I saw a little girl, maybe five, lean over to her father and ask, [Daddy, what does pride mean?] Apparently she knew what lesbian and gay meant.

This little, local epiphany makes me believe that gay men, lesbians, and our allies are ultimately going to win justice and that we may begin to expect that the course along the moral arc of the universe to justice, though long, is now not that long for lesbians and gay men. We can, at . . .

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