What does this mean for the LGBTQ community? For one, it means more visibility and a stronger voice where laws are made. This will also require steadfast action as attempts will be made to undo this gain.
But the larger implication is a growing sense of legitimacy in the relationship of same-sex persons. More and more people are seeing the love and bond between people of the same sex as real and worth being celebrated, just as heterosexual couples have implicitly enjoyed.
This position by society can actually strengthen relationships because it becomes less necessary to hide your relationship for your personal and professional safety and for your partner. This doesn't mean a relationship will be that much easier. There is still disapproval from family members – something that cannot be protected legislatively – and relationships can still be difficult as partners adjust to varying degrees of “out” in different settings. Same-sex relationships also run into the same difficulties as heterosexual relationships. As well, some issues are magnified because of the same-sex factor.
PhiladelphiaMFT therapists provide a safe space for LGBTQ persons to work through issues in his/her/nir(eir) relationships and themselves individually as they take their journey of growth through life.
This topic of the week was written by Brian Swope, MFT