Amendment One has made me angry.
I am angry because there are a group of people being actively persecuted in our country. I am angry because tonight, these people were denied a basic human right. The right to marry the person you love.
I’m angry because right now, my peers are more focused on Taylor Swift than this issue.
I’m angry because time and time again people will uphold the bystander effect, and will diffuse responsibility.
I’m angry because people are selfish.
I’m angry because government officials, church leaders, and parents beg time and time again that children remember: “it gets better”, only to deem them unimportant, and unsuitable for marriage.
I’m angry because tonight in North Carolina, a group of people were deemed second class citizens, unworthy of rights granted to all the rest of us.
This isn’t my fight. I can get married in any state that I would like, as many times as I would like, for as long as I would like, but some of my best friends cannot.
This isn’t my fight, but if I don’t fight for the rights of my fellow man, when the time comes, who will fight for mine?