World renown poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has joined the fight for marriage equality. Along with a number of other high profile citizens , she is lobbying New York Senators to vote for equality when it comes to gay marriages.
Having placed three phone calls to senators last week, it's clear that the issue is one of importance to Maya and not just some silly and useless publicity stunt. She has said,
"To love someone takes a lot of courage... So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”
This is such a great and simple way to put it. The concept of marriage as an institution is still a complex one for me, anyway. I've never understood how we as a civilization came to regulate and legislate love in the first place. However, since we are living in the age of governed oppression where we often make up ridiculous rules for one another, I'm glad to see that Maya has chosen to fight the battle of fairness. She's reminding us to keep it real and think about the big picture.