On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court’s formal legalization of gay marriage in the country marked a significant legal milestone. Throughout the country, states are prohibited from banning same-sex unions, handing LGBT advocates a massive victory. It also opened new frontiers for any family law attorney. But then, what’s next?
A Move for General Nondiscrimination
Gay marriage being legal is one thing; continuing prejudice is another. It’s an issue on which more LGBT advocacy groups are focusing. Gay rights activist Jacob Tobia states that a broader focus on general nondiscrimination is the next step for involved parties. He does, however, believe that a wider focus might leave the society’s fringe-dwellers behind. Jacob thinks that this movement is ripe for inequality within the very society for whose rights to equality they’re fighting.
A legal victory also means the possible demise of a once-embattled cause. With the groups’ principal goal achieved, now what? Apart from pushing for overall nondiscrimination, LGBT advocacy groups are concentrating on pushing for federal and state-specific nondiscrimination laws. Major organizations are also lobbying for election opportunities for LGBT-friendly politicians.
Building Up on the Existing Setup
There is enough support for LGBT rights in America. Major polls show majority and stable support, ranging between 55 and 61 percent. According to analysts, this is the result of massive opinion shifts throughout various regions and even religious groups.
If gay rights advocates are to strengthen their position further to push for relevant reforms, they must build upon what they have. Whatever methods they aim to employ may vary considerably, but it’s up to them to try and gain additional social support — not to mention funding. Perhaps the focus should be on the younger generation, as polls suggest widespread acceptance (73 percent among 20 year-olds, for one, compared to only 36 percent of seniors aged 80 and up.)
It is the state of things. Winning a legal battle for marriage equality is just another step in a series of other actions. LGBT groups must stick to localizing their efforts if they aim to create a society more tolerant of their demographic because they cannot easily eradicate prejudice — if that is even at all possible.