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  •  To which I would add this simple point: (11+ / 0-)

    We didn't do it alone, and we could NOT have done it alone. Gays and lesbians are a small minority. It is BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO STOOD WITH US THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME THIS FAR, and without them, we would not have made the progress that we have made.

    The key was in coming out. When we did our brothers, sisters, and fellow Americans stood with us by and large and in increasing numbers.

    I believe I speak on behalf of most if not all of those of us in the GLBT community, when I say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you. Thank you to those who stood with us. That power does not belong to us. It belongs to you. We are grateful that you have lent your shoulders, your arms, your hearts, your words and your pens to our cause.

    Now, Chief Justice Roberts -- when people stand with you, that does not mean you are not an oppressed minority. As was pointed out at hearing, state after state has seen fit to take away our rights. It is ironic that you would hear a case on one day involving California's attempt to deny our marriage rights and the next day hear a case involving the Congress taking away from state's the right to give us all the rights and privileges of marriage and then you turn around and tell us how powerful we are.

    We are an historically oppressed and even despised minority that has achieved progress only through the kindness of our fellow Americans. We did not do this on our own. Just ask Mr. Olson.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:46:01 PM PDT

    •  {{{{{{{{{{{{Bensdad}}}}}}}}}}}} (5+ / 0-)

      I grew up with this guy's voice and words resonating in my heart.

      Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
      Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
      Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
      The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
      Martin Luther King, Jr.

      P.S. You are very welcome. The joy we now share, the increasing numbers who can be what they ought to be, is the intangible reward nothing can equal.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:01:17 AM PDT

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    •  Many of us have been involved in fighting for (3+ / 0-)
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      human rights for different groups -- African-Americans, immigrants, the LGBTQ community. But it's not out of kindness. It's because we know that protecting the human rights of others also protects our own:

      In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
      And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
      And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
      And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 08:13:48 AM PDT

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