Today is Valentine’s Day — the one day every year when we all stop and smell the roses, as they say. The one day we spend a fortune on flowers and candy and greeting cards and dinner to show the person we love how much we love them. Never mind that we should do that every day — okay, maybe not the flowers and candy and dinners and greeting cards part but the show of love. Yeah, we should do that every day without fail.
Lesbian and gay couples have a lot to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. More and more states are warming up to the idea of same-sex marriage (or at least civil union). Sure, there is still plenty of opposition to fight before the battle is won but I remain optimistic.
The world is changing for the better. Lesbian and gay couples can go out to a restaurant tonight in plenty of towns across the country without fear of reprisal. I know some of you still have to be careful and for that I am truly sorry — but the LGBT community has come a long way toward being fully accepted.
If you’re in a committed relationship, find a way to celebrate today. Whether it’s dinner at a nice restaurant or sipping wine by the fire … or taking a walk along the beach … do whatever it is that makes you and your partner happy.
Most of all, don’t forget to express your gratitude to those who have fought — and to those who continue to fight — for your right to openly love the person you choose.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
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