Being Gay, Latino and Fearless

Published: April 5, 2013

Uruguay’s Senate on Tuesday voted to legalize gay marriage with an overwhelming vote of 23-8 in favor of the bill. If approved, the law would make Uruguay the second nation in Latin America — 12th in the world — to legalize gay marriage.

My consequential Facebook status upon finding out:

    "’It goes beyond homosexuality, it’s about a law where everyone shares the same rights and obligations.

    Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a Latin American country younger and more conservative than the US has made quicker progress than us."

It’s a sobering reality and one that I have mixed feelings about. Though it’s great to see another Latin American country embrace social change, it’s still difficult for gay Latinos to embrace their sexuality.

On Monday morning, I showed up to work anxious to hear the discourse surrounding the Supreme Court’s pending decision on same-sex marriage. My first status on Facebook that morning was:

"Nervous but hopeful that there will be great headlines today!"

Twenty-two "likes." Not too shabby.

Over the course of the day, I continued clicking the "reload" button to check the latest on HuffPost’s Gay Voices. I will admit, because I was at work, I couldn’t afford to be too invested in the dialogue, so I was mainly checking for headlines that said I could elope with a random (hot) stranger after work. If I so desired.

Upon arriving home, I was eager to get back to clicking the "reload" button on my computer. The next article that inspired another status update was one outlining prominent companies that were in support of same-sex marriage.

My status: "I work for one of these companies!"

Much to my chagrin, only 10 "likes." Lame. Still, I rejoiced the fact that HuffPost came out in support of me and my gay brothers and sisters attaining equality.

I continued reading the host of headlines and articles outlining the stories of those who could be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and to overturn Proposition 8, the California measure that prohibits same-sex couples from getting legally married.

Amid the headlines, I read: "Divide Over Marriage More Stark Than Ever." Admittedly, it wasn’t the headline that drew me in as much as the accompanying picture below it. It was a bunch of protesters outside of the Supreme Court carrying signs, most of which were anti-gay marriage.

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