Protesting for love when it had already won

Blount County citizens gather in red shirts to fight for marriage equality. The experience gave light to the LGBT community and their love which has already won the battle.
Blount County citizens gather in red shirts to fight for marriage equality. The experience gave light to the LGBT community and their love which has already won the battle. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Peterson.

    Hurrying towards a crowd of people dressed in red, I mentally prepared myself for my first political protest with only a small idea of what I was protesting. I had an hour and a half to kill before I met with my friends to see a movie that night, and I thought this was a pretty good way to fulfill my time.

    As I instinctively followed, this newly formed band of believers in red shirts began to make their way to the courthouse to defend marriage equality. We walked past Maryville College until we came to the edge of the street where a police officer guided us to the other side.

    During the protest, I was surrounded by other people dressed in red, a folk band played in the background. The air was not filled with disappointment or anger, but an air of peace. As the band played people sang and laughed. Instead of a protest it felt more like a celebration. The fact is, love had already won.

    In my opinion this meeting against marriage equality was completely ridiculous considering the separation between church and state and the fact that the gay marriage legislation had already been passed. The way I see it, unless you want to change the constitution, there is no argument to be made.

    No matter what legislation you place on others, nothing will affect the love that they share for each other. During the protest I witnessed this first hand and felt the amount of hope and love that emanated from all involved. I only wish that others could see the light that exists in the LGBT community.

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