During an interview with SiriusXM Radio, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) talked about the future of marriage equality in America.
“I think the country has evolved to a point where the majority of Americans embrace marriage equality,” she said. “And that is the right thing.”
(Florida, of course, still has some work to do. In 2008, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was added to the state’s constitution, which lawmakers have kept in place even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA in June.)
In the interview, Rep. Wasserman Schultz also recounted the time her son, who was in fourth grade at the time, asked: “Mom, what does being gay mean?”
She explained that the question was prompted by a TV commercial.
“I [was] standing on a crossroads here in my child’s life,” she recalled. “This is the moment when people either turn their children into bigots and narrow-minded individuals or they have an opportunity to open their eyes to tolerance. Of course, I had always intended to choose tolerance and understanding.”
Rep. Wasserman Schultz is currently promoting her new book For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to solving our Nation’s Problems. She has been a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and marriage equality and carries a 100% rating from the HRC for her pro-gay rights stance.
Watch Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s interview below.
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