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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:52 PM

Marriage Equality: We Owe This One to Harvey Milk

Today, the Supreme Court struck down bigotry, and said that justice for all includes justice for gays. This is a beautiful, historic day. Now there is a chance that my eight-year-old twins will grow up in a world without prejudice against gays and lesbians.

It's worth taking a moment to remember who made sacrifices to give us this world, one that is a little more equal and a little more free. It was tens of thousands of activists, from those at Stonewall in 1969, to those who fought for treatment of individuals living with AIDS alongside ACT UP, to the hero of the day, Edith Windsor. But there's one who deserves special mention above all - his name was Harvey Milk, and he had guts. 

In 1977, Milk became the first openly-gay elected official in the United States. When he ran for office, America wasn't far removed from the time that Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover were blackmailing and purging homosexuals from the government. Most Americans didn't know or didn't want to know that they knew gay people, that there were gay people in their families. Anti-gay laws were legislated all over the country, and would continue becoming laws, for 30 more years. Legal state-sanctioned gay marriage seemed like an unreachable dream.

But with courage, and love, and guts, Milk acted. He spoke, he agitated, he legislated. He passed a gay rights plank for the City of San Francisco. He hit back against the hate-mongers on the other side. He encouraged gay men and women to run for office, to come out, to be who they are and to love openly whomever they love. He fought for union rights, for women's rights, and against the South African Apartheid government.

Milk knew that we are all in this together, and the movement he helped to lead has continued. Sadly, just 11 months after being elected, Milk was assassinated. Though he is not with us today, Harvey Milk's vision is.

Courage. Guts. Fearlessness. Love.

That's what Milk showed. That's what brought us justice. That's why our world is a little brighter, a little better, today.

Over the next few days, I'm going to be asking for your support. Thousands of you have already given to my campaign. 

http://www.CongressmanWithGuts.com

You have showed that you want a world of equality, of love, of human dignity, and that you will join me in working to achieve it.

http://www.CongressmanWithGuts.com

I'm going to continue fighting for justice, equality, and peace, for the common good, against spying, against secret corporate trade agreements, for Medicare and Social Security, and for all of us.

Change is possible. We saw it happen today. Harvey Milk never saw the justice handed down by the Court. But he knew justice was coming, when he started his campaign for equality. He said, "Once you have dialogue starting, you know you can break down prejudice." And that's what he did.

That's what we're doing. It doesn't matter what you look like, where you’re from, what language you speak, or whom you love. Each of us deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere.

http://www.CongressmanWithGuts.com

Courage,

Congressman Alan Grayson

"All young people, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential." - Harvey Milk

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Alan Grayson Jun 2013 OP
MrScorpio Jun 2013 #1
TDale313 Jun 2013 #2
Cha Jun 2013 #3
Bluenorthwest Jun 2013 #9
Rowdyboy Jun 2013 #4
William769 Jun 2013 #5
NYC_SKP Jun 2013 #6
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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:58 PM

1. WTG, Congressman G! nt

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:04 PM

2. So true. Thank you, Congressman. n/t

And much gratitude and respect for Harvey Milk. Today would not have happened without him.

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:08 PM

3. Yes, we owe it Harvey Milk.. bless his heart. And, I am forever grateful that

we have had Obama as our President these last years.. being such an advocate for the GLBT Community.

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:06 PM

9. Obama, bless his heart. When he finally stopped defending DOMA and eventually said he

 

supported equality about a year ago, he really lead the way! All 18 months of it. Bless his heart.

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:06 AM

4. One of my early heroes....along with Sgt Leonard Matlovich....

Thanks for the recognition.

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:45 AM

5. Kick & highly recommended.

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:05 AM

6. Recommended. (nt)

 

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:24 AM

7. K&R Congressman!

As always, thank you for all you do!

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:16 AM

8. K&R!

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:22 PM

10. To Harvey Milk and to the many young men and women who were beaten

and tortured and killed for being who they are. Including Tyler Clementi.

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:26 PM

11. I couldn't agree more. Thanks, Alan!

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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:44 PM

12. K and R (nt)

 

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