That says it all. It isn't complicated, and the people who have a reputation for intelligence can no longer fake a logic train that promotes discrimination. It's that simple. In a country where beliefs and freedom are respected, a shrieking clan of self-righteous nutjobs cannot make us forget that people can make personal choices. Their bigotry is our legacy of shame, but I truly believe we have reached the tipping point where accountability trumps trendiness.I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.
She doesn't just advocate justice for the LGBT population, however. She points out that churches shouldn't have to act outside of their beliefs, while she also acknowledges that government should not regulate lawful personal decisions. She reminds us that liberty and equality should be our default for all citizens, and that it is hard to look our gay friends in the eye while doing anything less than championing for their equality. Her message holds up because it is truly about respect, for all sides and all people. It never had to be an either / or solution.
That isn't to say it will be a smooth road, but we can see the progress. On a larger scale, it seems reason is taking hold and common sense is returning to the land. The Tea Party leftovers are ridiculed as they should have been all along, and people who want to appear rational are separating themselves from the GOP core values as fast as they can. Meanwhile, those who frankly waited too long to speak are at least refusing to make their error worse. Voices that were silent or dodging for way too long are finally coming out in support of freedom and choice.
Better late than never. Well done, madam.