On Nov. 6, for the first time since the legalization of gay marriage has swept the nation in the past few years, a federal court has upheld a same-sex marriage ban in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to CNN.
But while my news feed was always bombarded with posts about victories and with pictures of happy couples finally getting married in states where same-sex marriage was newly legal, my various social media timelines were strangely silent in wake of this sudden halt in momentum.
We, the LGBT community, have every right to cheer and celebrate our victories across the nation — and there have been many — but if we are going to be as involved as possible in the fight for marriage equality, we also need to accept and acknowledge our losses.
We can't be silent on this loss. We need to protest, demand appeal and pressure other federal judges to not make the same mistake that judge made in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Florida is proving to be its own sort of battleground for marriage equality as of late — with Pam Bondi at the helm of our opposition, and this ruling may only fuel her fire.
If we are ever going to have marriage equality in the Sunshine State, or across the entire nation, we need to take the good with the bad and not curl into a ball and grow silent when something doesn't go our way.
Those times are the ones when we need to be the most vocal, the loudest and the most active.
We cannot take this simple hurdle lying down.
We need to move forward, band together and make sure it doesn't happen again.