On March 23rd, 2016, the North Carolina legislature passed HB2: one of the most (if not the most) anti-LGBT laws that the United States has seen in the past decade. In summary, HB2 defines “classes of people who are protected against discrimination: race, religion, color, national origin, age, handicap or biological sex as designated on a person’s birth certificate. Sexual orientation – people who are gay – was never explicitly protected under state law and is not now, despite recent court decisions that legalized same-sex marriage.” (Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article68401147.html#storylink=cpy)
Over six months before this attrocious law was passed, my cousin announced to our family that she and her girlfriend were getting married, and almost exactly six months after HB2 passed (September 25th, 2016) was the date set for the wedding. Now, as I’ll tell anyone who asks, North Carolina is far from the most accepting place to live if you are LGBT. But my family is extremely progressive, and I have always been proud about how they raised me to accept everyone. When I heard HB2 passed, my heart sunk at the knowledge that the legislature of the state I love would rather discriminate than protect its citizens.
Fast forward to the wedding date – we are driving along the road to the wine vinyard where the ceremony took place. All along the road were Trump and McCrory signs (two of the most outrageously discriminatory ‘politicians’ in the US at this current point in time). And all I could think is – “Ha bitches, I’m driving to a gay wedding and there is nothing you can do about it” (Thanks Federal Supreme Court!!)
Summary to my story: My cousin was a beautiful bride, got married to a wonderful woman, and even with all the anti-LGBT craziness in NC and the US right now, we got to spend a wonderful day celebrating these two beautiful women (my cousin is the one in the dress) :