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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right to marry for same-sex couples.
Today, my inbox has been flooded with emails — most of them celebrating the decision. I, too, am celebrating. Like many of you, I have family and friends in the LGBT community. But unlike most of you, I have been surrounded by that community from the day I was born. I "marched" in my first Pride Parade before I could walk. I gave speeches at PFLAG when I was an adolescent. I watched many dear family friends succumb to AIDS in a country that despised and feared them.
When I was growing up, the LGBT community was focused on dealing with the AIDS crisis and with violence. Community members were worried about getting beat up. They were worried about being murdered. They were worried about losing their jobs or their homes or their families.
A few years ago, I watched a YouTube video of a little girl who was outraged that her lesbian moms couldn't get married. It made me cry. At first, I wasn't sure why. But then it occurred to me that I was proud she was growing up in a world where she expected life to be fair — she expected everyone to be treated equally under the law.
I had never dared to expect such a thing when I was her age.
In the last few days, we've witnessed this country get better. Across the nation, loving gay and lesbian couples will soon be exchanging long-delayed wedding vows. In the South, Confederate flags are coming down. We're changing as a country. We're getting better.
I've always been proud to be an American. But today, I'm prouder than I've ever been.