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Ryan Schleeter is a writer and geographer interested in cities and sustainability. Follow him on Twitter at @ryschlee.

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I’m gay, I’m an environmentalist, and for the first time in a while, I’m excited.

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a groundbreaking decision that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. This hard-fought victory comes as the result of decades of activism and advocacy from the LGBT movement, which — for better or worse — has made same-sex marriage a focal point in the long-term fight for LGBT equality.

And that wasn’t the only momentous Supreme Court decision of the past week. SCOTUS also ruled in favor of fair housing advocates in a case about housing discrimination and later upheld key provisions of Obamacare in a big win for supporters of affordable health care.

It might not seem like it at first, but this trifecta of progressive wins is also meaningful for the environmental movement. Not only because environmentalists are people too — and we want to be able to marry who we love and have equitable access to housing and health care — but because it serves as a key reminder that change can happen and gives us a useful blueprint for making progress.

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