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When we travel around this country, and especially to other countries around the world, we get the chance to see different ways of life. True this experience is muted when you sometimes stay closer to the beaten path of points-friendly chain hotels and resorts, but even then you can get glimpses of a world beyond your own. Sometimes you will see things around the world that you are thankful don’t exist in your own backyard, and sometimes you will see things that you very much wish were a part of your daily life. Sometimes you can bring pieces of those other routines and cultures into your home and claim them as your own.
These things you see and desire in other places may take the form of quality public transportation, fresh and local food, cooperative living, or even equal rights and opportunities for everyone. I travel to places far and wide, but I (proudly) live in East Texas. There’s really a lot to love about Texas, but there are some things that I would love to be different. For example, we have no public transportation to speak of, in most cities you have to get in your car to go anywhere, the heat can get a bit oppressive, and if you want fresh and locally sourced food you have to work really hard at obtaining it. Oh, and my sister and many others like her who happen to love someone of the same gender as themselves
can’t couldn’t legally marry and have that union recognized until now.
I firmly believe in the value of travel, but there are some things you really shouldn’t have to travel to in order to access, and equal rights is one of those things in my book.
I’m so proud of the travel community, and so many travel related companies I enjoy, for publicly celebrating today’s monumental Supreme Court ruling. This isn’t about politics, this is about family, something integral to this site. In my view we not only have made life more equal for our own citizens, but also have told the world that we welcome and respect families that come in various forms while they are visiting our country.
I’ve been a lot of places, and I haven’t found the “perfect” place yet. We certainly aren’t “perfect” yet, but we are striving to be “more perfect”, and I’m proud of that. It makes me smile a little bigger when I am traveling somewhere far away and can fondly think of what we have at home. I’m grateful that more families that might look different from mine will have the opportunity to be treated and respected the same way my husband and I are treated. That treatment may not always be perfect, but if we are at least getting to a point where it is equal, then I can stand behind that.
Congrats to this country, and those who visit, for a momentous day, and a big victory for love and family.