If government can deny freedom to one, it can deny freedom to all. Exclusion and equality are mortal enemies – and in America, every time they have met in battle, equality has ultimately triumphed.
Throughout our history, each and every generation has expanded upon the freedoms won by their parents and grandparents. Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream. That work is not over. Far from it.
And – I would argue – last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.
When the torch passes from one generation to the next, the light of liberty always shines more brightly. And I have no doubt that in your lifetime, liberty’s light will allow us to see more clearly the truth of our nation’s founding principles, and allow us to see all people, and all couples, as full and equal members of the American family.
Obama and Hilary are not opposed to gay marriage. And Clinton was trying to pass more pro-gay legislation, but he had a Republican Congress, so he couldn't and had to settle with Don't Ask, Don't Tell and similar legislation. At least he got something through.
“We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle-we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.”
- National Education Conference, 11/6/04, Bloomington, MN
Can we please put an end to the media’s new revisionist attitude towards Bachmann? Her popularity among those on the far right is not surprising and it does not make her worthy of serious consideration. Stupid is as stupid does, people.