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Senator John Kerry on Gay Marriage

By Charlotte Robinson, July 10, 2011
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Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has addressed the Obama
‘evolving’ issue on gay marriage in the Boston Globe.
The big question is whether President Obama can afford
to “change’’ his position on gay marriage with the 2012
election coming up. Kerry points out that this is a phony
debate about a real issue stating, “Marriage is deeply
personal, our positions are based on unique combinations
of reason, belief & experience, not polling & politics.
Everyone is entitled to his own view, in his own time,
including the president.” Aren’t we exhausted by
politicians continuing to debate this issue & yet after
7 years of gay marriage being legal in Massachusetts
DOMA has continued to deny us federal rights &
protections for our LGBT community while the
government evolves. Now we have to endure another
Presidential Election with the majority of the
Republican candidates in support of a constitutional
amendment to keep us as second-class citizens.
America needs to take their blinders off & open their
eyes to how much hardship they’re causing their LGBT
neighbors by dragging their feet on federal marriage
equality. Updates to Come…:)
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1 comment:

Senator John Kerry said...

Many of us who once believed civil unions were sufficient to protect legal rights because we thought of marriage as a religious sacrament between a man and a woman, have seen that no church has been forced to do anything that contradicts its teachings. But when two committed people apply for a Massachusetts marriage license, they are equal whether they are gay or straight. It’s not about a word - it’s about equality under the law.

We cannot afford to be imprisoned by politics that say your views are not allowed to grow as you gain knowledge and experience. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging you’ve changed your mind when your views have evolved. Don’t we pride ourselves on learning by living? Muhammad Ali, said it best: “The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’’

These seven years of marriage equality in Massachusetts might as well have been 30 years: they erased decades of myths. It’s hard for a lot of young people to even understand the controversy. For them, including my daughters, the right of gay Americans to marry has never been a question. It’s been a longer journey for my generation from Stonewall to Albany, but the tide of history has still led us in one direction: understanding has replaced apprehension.

We still have miles to travel. People have to make up their own minds in their own time. But when we grant a right to some citizens but deny it to others, we create a second, unequal class. The America we aspire to doesn’t have any second class citizens.

John Kerry, US Senator of Massachusetts

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