Ready for your daily dose of "Awwwww!" Same-sex couple Meredith Hendrix and Kat Jackson recently posted their wedding photos on Tumblr and, besides being adorable, they seemingly generated only positive comments upon going viral. Yay, humanity! Meredith Hendrix-Jackson's parents might have refused to come to her wedding, but since then over 60,000 people have liked or reblogged the photos, wishing her and her new partner well.
In a country that where marriage equality moves too slowly, where anti-LGBT bullying is normal and called healthy peer pressure by some, where people complain about "It Gets Better" campaigns, and where discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace is still legal under federal law, we've come to expect backlash against same-sex couples. But even though it's sad that unanimous support for someone's wedding photos is news, it's still an auspicious sign that things are improving.
Hendrix-Jackson was moved by the outpouring of support and posted a response to all the positive attention on her Tumblr a few weeks after the photos. In it, she says:
I want all of you to understand this thing:
I posted these wedding photos because this was the most amazing day of my life. I’ve been married for about two months, and goddammit, it has been just the best, you know? Like, this woman, in these photographs? She’s incredible. She’s unreal. She’s kind and she’s thoughtful and she’s everything I never thought I deserved. She’s the woman who I get to spend the rest of my ridiculously lucky life with.
It’s so simple to me, to us.
But it’s so complicated to so much of the world.
not a single message I’ve received, not a single reblog that I have been able to find, has had anything to say but amazing, beautiful, kind words of congratulations. No bullying. No trolling. No inappropriate offers or lewd remarks. Out of tens of thousands.
That’s not something I’m used to. It’s not something anyone in the LGBTQ community is used to. [emphasis hers]