excerpted from last night’s speech by the man we–at our house–hope becomes our next president:
We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than they are for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. You know, passions may fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. But this, too, is part of America’s promise — the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.
in the end, isn’t this really what it’s all about (with respect to our movement)? let us live in this society as equals. let us have the same rights. the same priviledges. we’ll work out the rest just like everyone else. and hell, we won’t screw up marriage any worse than the hets.
while the support for the gay community is not quite as staunch and focused (civil unions instead of marriage) as i would hope it to be, i appreciate obama’s willingness to include the gay and lesbian community in his future for America–united in a common effort.
thank you barack obama.