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keopeli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 10:02 PM
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31. ...and the crowd began chanting, "U.S.A! U.S.A!"
They couldn't do it in Hawaii in 1998.

They couldn't do it in California in 2008.

But, some states stood up for equality.

And now, New York, the Empire State, almost 10 years to the day after being decimated by a terrorist attack that clearly singled them out as being uniquely American and a symbol of American ideals, has chosen equality for all as the path forward.

Because of the bold and the brave people of the states of Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and the District of Colombia, marriage and the laws of marriage as recognized among us will now be open to all Americans. No judgment will be passed about who you choose to marry. Our government does not flinch at your right to love and marry whomever you choose.

It has now, I believe, become inevitable that equal marriage rights for all will one day soon become the norm throughout our country. It may not happen under this President, or this Congress, or this Supreme Court, but it will happen and soon. In spite of laws passed many years ago such as the Defense of Marriage Act, and in spite of political movements to codify discrimination through amending our own Constitution, our common effort to provide a country where everyone is treated equally will stand the test of time.

It's also important to point out that what President Obama has done, in concert with the 111th Congress and our military leaders, in revoking Don't Ask Don't Tell policies and by including all Americans respectfully within our armed services, is an important part of the push among us all toward better equality and a more perfect union as a people. I dare say that, had President Obama and the 111th Congress not eliminated Don't Ask Don't Tell, we would not be here today celebrating the progress that we have made.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of my straight sisters and brothers who were able to see past the haze of hateful rhetoric and recognize that an entire class of people are being discriminated against. There have never been and will never be enough GLBT people alive to pass these laws alone. By standing up for my own equal rights, you have proven yourself to be among the great heroes of America. Like the many Caucasian Americans who stood up to be heard with the voices that called for racial equality, your efforts will live in infamy as an apt display of the best part of what it means to be an American. It's no surprise to history that GLBT people, like myself, want to be recognized as equals. But, it is an extraordinary testament to our own history that America is becoming a safe place for people of all walks of life, no matter their race, their origin, their abilities, their gender or their orientation. And you, my straight friends, have made all the difference.

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