While we are watching other states in our country as well as other countries around the globe embrace marriage equality, here in good ole Indiana we are still fighting a state constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.
Today I saw a video taken as the New Zealand Parliament voted 77-44 to approve marriage equality. Following the vote, the spectators in the gallery and some of the lawmakers broke into a New Zealand love song called "Pokarekare Ana." I watched this with tears running down my face - first, because I was so happy for the people of New Zealand, but also because I am so extremely frustrated by what is happening here in Indiana.
It seems that every day another state and another country is joining the other states and countries that realize that everyone deserves the right to legally be with the person they love. I don't want to come off as sour grapes - I honestly am happy that marriage equality is moving forward - faster than I ever expected - but every time I read another story, I feel as if Indiana is going nowhere fast and we will be left behind.
Will we be a small pocket of intolerance as the rest of the world embraces equality?