Friends, I want to thank you all for providing me a space to give voice to my angst. Let us remember that this OUR state capitol as well, and it is should not be blinded by a persons sexual orientation.
I want you to know that I come to you impassioned and angered. I come to you battered and bruised. But I also come to you …. Battle ready!!
Far too long we have asked … BEGGED, on one bended knee after another, to have full equality. Far too long we have been told to be civil. Far too long we have been degraded, harassed, violated and shamed. I say Enough! Enough!
All of us: gay, straight, religious, non-religious have waited long enough for equality for all human beings. Now is not the time to squabble about definitions. Traditional vs. Gay. All of this doesn’t mean shit. What matters are compassion, decency and empathy. This war … is one waged by ignorance, fear and tyranny.
We are past the point of needing or wanting you to understand. It is clear that the tears, heart ache, and devastation do not speak to your hearts. We are past the point of civility, as calling us unnatural, asking us to stifle our love and promoting only one type of family as traditional is beyond being civil. Instead, we TELL you …. We will not be diminished. We will not be ignored and with all heartfelt sincerity, we will marry!
We will triumph. We will walk hand in hand, with our heads held high, loving our families as we always have, only this time we will be cacooned in the warmth of legality. We will continue to raise our daughters and our sons, only now we will be safe in the web of legal jargon. Soon, my partners insurance card will no longer claim her to be single. Soon, ALL OF US will be on equal playing field.
And with time …. these times of angst will be nothing but a blip in a history book. And with time those that have fought hard against us will come to understand that they were the threat to our families. With time, all of us will co-exsist and our grandchildren will be amazed that this rally even had to happen.
Harvey Milk said it best, “It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom.”
Before I conclude my speech I would like to remind everyone here that there are many groups of people that need legal help. The trans* community needs the support of everyone that stands before this capitol. The trans* community can not be forgotten or fought for any less than the passion you brought with you tonight.
Because …. Together we stand in solidarity. Because … Together, we will be victorious!