The Constancy of Change: A Journey to Marriage Equality and Celebrated Personal Liberty.

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The only constant in life is change; as a child, this platitude was a mere assemble of words that I never really understood and had little to no meaning to me. As an adult, this has become a truth I have come to understand and live by. For the most part, humans are powerless against the unrelenting progression and nuances of change, yet we have the ability to guide it on many levels. Of the many changes in life, some personal liberties fluctuate while others remain unchanged. Since becoming an adult and now in my 40’s, I’ve come to understand that no liberty granted to an American citizen should be taken lightly. I am an avid voter and have been since I was 18. I relish in my right to own property; my home is my castle and I simply love it. More recently, I’ve taken advantage of obtaining a college education; with help from the government, by means of student loans and grants, paying for college is a feasible prospect. Even the seemingly menial task of jury duty is a liberty that I have never taken lightly or for granted. All of these liberties are important to me and are my given right as a citizen of the United States and I am infinitely grateful for them. As I hold those previously mentioned liberties close to my person, there is one particular liberty that I was only recently granted; my right to marry the person I love. As a homosexual, this personal liberty is not something available to me in all states. Gay marriage still eludes much of the country. Moreover, simple recognition and equality have been an uphill battle for homosexuals for well over a century now; even with all the great strides and changes that came about during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, there is currently very little federal protectio... ... middle of paper ... ...true my own equality and personal liberties are no different from my heterosexual friends and neighbors. I will continue to appreciate my personal liberties and fully embrace the one steadfast rule in life; the constancy of change. Works Cited Berkin, Carol, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, and James L. Gormly.Making America: A History of the United States, 6th ed. Boston: MA: Wadsworth/ Cengage Learning, 2013. Ross-Nassal, James. “Civil Rights Mid 1960s,” Audio lecture 23d, 29:57, http://eo2.hccs.edu/mod/folder/view.php?id=187210 (accessed January 17, 2014). Von Krafft-Ebing, Richard. “Perversion of the Sexual Instinct? Report of Cases,” trans. H. M. Jewett, Alienist and Neurologist (St. Louis, Missouri), vol. 9, no. 4 (Oct. 1888). Reprinted in American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A., ed. Jonathan Katz (New York: Avon Books, 1976), 59–60.

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