“Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again… with marriage equality.”
– President Bill Clinton
This argument is bigger than defining love in America – this argument is about the denial of rights. It should not be more difficult for someone to find health insurance for their family, visit loved ones in a hospital, or be involved in their child’s education because their love is determined to be “different.” We should never be held back by who we love, but empowered by it.
Love is love, and rights are rights. To uphold discrimination is to be on the wrong side of history. We grow as a nation only when we grow together, and we cannot deny an entire group of Americans their right to belong to that idea of our nation because they are not the same.
We are a nation of unique individuals that come together and create something greater. That is our legacy, and I hope it is strengthened today.Image Source