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"The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law."
-- Aristotle

" the result of human organization. We are not born equal."
-- Hannah Arendt

"The love of democracy is that of equality."
-- Charles de Montesquieu

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal."
-- Friedrich August Hayek

Equality Quotes --

"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die -- the dream of freedom and peace."
-- Rosa Parks

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

Equality Quotes --

It's about "Marriage Equality."

It's about Equal Rights under the Law.

It's about Equal Rights under the Constitution.  For all.

It's about humanity ... and decency ...  and respect.

And progress ... going forward.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:38:20 PM PDT

  •  I applaud... (4+ / 0-)

    what has happened.

    Now we need the VEEP to rant about income, taxes and why the rich white guys got all the money.

    As a nation, the U.S. consumes the most hot dogs per capita. So you'd be wise to never underestimate our powers of denial.

    by jbou on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:40:08 PM PDT

  •  I transcribed this from Al Sharpton's show (2+ / 0-)
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    today. It was said by Melissa Harris-Perry re: marriage equality and President Obama's statement.

    "It's a sentiment echoed by President Johnson as he spoke upon passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He recognized that equal access to the ballot box was more than a policy debate. It was about the heart of our democracy.

    LBJ said, 'But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, or our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved nation.'

    We may someday look back and remember May 9, 2012 as a day of similar leadership and courage. When a president recognized that what is at stake is more than an election, more than the politics of the moment, more than partisan bickering. What is at stake is the very definition of America. Are we a country that creates three tiers of belonging, as Romney's marriage plan suggests? Or are we prepared to reaffirm the basic principle that the civil rights of our fellow citizens should not be up for debate? Bigotry is the only basis for denying marriage equality.

    So we should debate policy. We should debate which legislative plan we take. That's reasonable. But the basic rights of citizens should not flip and flop. They should not be erased like an Etch-a-Sketch, at the whims of the intolerant. Our rights should be permanent, constant, and abiding. Thanks, President Obama, for reminding us of that."

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:54:32 PM PDT

    •  thanks for that HappyinNM (2+ / 0-)
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      this is indeed a Historic day.

      May it lead to meaningful and sweeping legislative action.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:58:24 PM PDT

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      •  There was a diary last night (1+ / 0-)
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        with information about going through the courts. Apparently, there are precedent cases. It seems the amendment passed yesterday in NC would be good fodder for the ACLU. Unless we get strong majorities in both houses, and Obama, the chances of getting anything done legislatively are dim. I heard today that DOMA is making its way to SCOTUS.

        Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

        by HappyinNM on Wed May 09, 2012 at 08:09:34 PM PDT

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      •  Historic Because an Infamously Confrontation-Shy (0+ / 0-)

        party's leader, himself infamously dedicated to bipartisanship, concluded that supporting a cause that has been used to help defeat our party repeatedly has become a safe bet.

        I think it's historic in other words because I see the President as much more of an opportunist than a leader.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed May 09, 2012 at 08:12:24 PM PDT

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        •  sometimes (0+ / 0-)

          the time is just right.

          especially after seeing that compromise,

          has not persuaded hearts and minds, of the GOP

          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Wed May 09, 2012 at 08:18:16 PM PDT

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        •  Opportunist vs. Leader (1+ / 0-)
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          Yes, it appears that, at the start, President Obama made a good-faith effort to be inclusive and bi-partisan. But, he would have been criticized if he hadn't, so whatcha gonna do?

          I see the work of a brilliant, idealistic, cunning, but ultimately finite man in our president. Still he is pragmatic enough to practice the art of the possible.

          What do you expect -- Thor, the Hulk and the whole crew rolled into a trim rhetorical master with a knack for making women weak in the knees with wisps of R&B crooning?

          Who've you got to beat that? I, for one, can vote for him again with sincere gratitude and admiration.

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