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Mayor Bloomberg Slams Amendment One At UNC Chapel Hill Commencement Address

At our nation’s founding, African-Americans were held in bondage. Those without property could not vote. Catholics could not hold office. Women could not vote or hold office. And homosexuality was, in some places, a crime punishable by death.

Throughout our history, each and every generation has expanded upon the freedoms won by their parents and grandparents. Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream. That work is not over. Far from it… Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”

In a commencement address to graduating senior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg rails against North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans same-sex unions of any kind.

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    • Marie Cohn

      Little man, big balls.

      May 14, 2012 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • randy

      Good for him. He didn’t have to go to that length for us, and he did. It’s good to know we have straight allies.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Josh

      But wait you guys, Bloomberg’s a Republican, which means as gays must instantly write him off, right?

      May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jakey

      @Josh: So what are you, disappointed that they’re not or something?

      May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark

      From Wikipedia (of course)
      Bloomberg left the Republican Party over policy and philosophical disagreements with national party leadership in 2007 and ran for his third term in 2009 as an independent candidate on the Republican ballot line.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Good grief

      Pity he’s all for human rights as long as it is not in NYC. He continues enabling fascist NY police tactics. I remember the 2004 RNC convention protests that were brutally suppressed under his administration.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jurlesia

      @Josh only if you’re a serial pessimist w/ a serious case of stick up your ass, but that doesn’t really have anything to do with being gay.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mikel D McGrew

      I am a staunch Democrat who voted for Mayor Bloomberg. He has done much for many and it is time the LGBT community started voting for the individual not the political party!

      May 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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