‘Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love’ – Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I open this with a quote from one of the greatest gay characters of all time. Of course when reading as a child I did not know Dumbledore was gay, I understood as soon as J.K Rowling announced it. You see many of us grew up imagining the world of Harry Potter how our own lives were, for me I had no gay people around as a child so it wasn’t something I questioned. Today on the historic day that it is now legal for every human being in America to be married I feel that this quote about love truly sticks.
You see so many people fought out of hatred and trying to protect what they classed as a right only on the grounds of what the bible said to be true. The bible also said that child brides were acceptable, virgin births happened and stoning people to death was perfectly fine…not exactly the greatest advice in modern life. I feel sorry for those people, sorry that they couldn’t simply believe in love over their own fear of God.
If J.K Rowling taught me anything it’s the importance of love, it is stamped all over the Harry Potter series. Harry is saved by love again and again, it has it’s own brand of magic. I think that most people see love as a kind of magic, something we can’t break with science or occasions, something that we can disapprove of or try to ban but love will always find a way. Love is something I know that I would die for.
So today just proves that we are born to love, whether you agree with it or not it’s better to celebrate the love of a woman and a woman or a man and a man than to live in bitterness and hatred. The next barrier will be making sure there is no prejudice when choosing adoptive families. Someone very close to me is gay and I know they would make the most incredible father and they will, as soon as the right man comes along (hurry up, I can’t wait to be Best Woman at a wedding!).
At the end of the day love is love, no matter what you have in your pants.