barack obama*

‘I am here to tell you that yes, we can end discrimination. And that yes, the time for this is now’

SOUNDBITES — “Congress has not passed a single piece of legislation in the four decades since Stonewall to ensure that Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are treated equally under the law. So, millions of Americans remain denied this American Promise. In these same four decades, Congress has passed two pieces of legislation that do the exact opposite and that actually openly discriminate against those Americans. As I said in my campaign, I support repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislation, as well as the repeal of the entire Defense of Marriage Act. I am here to tell you that yes, we can end discrimination. And that yes, the time for this is now. Many will argue that while equality is a worthwhile goal, civil rights have been given incrementally. They will also tell you that we have other important priorities. But I ask: Where is our moral compass when we knowingly continue to allow members of our society to be unequal under the law? Where is our moral compass when we have laws that openly discriminate against some members of our society?” —Barack Obama‘s speech on GLBT rights, as imagined by Chris Crain [Citizen Chris]