On Monday, the President of the United States called for gay equality in his Inaugural speech. President Barack Obama, who months ago had made clear his support for gay marriage, has made the strongest message to the people of America and the world by any President ever in favor of treating all our citizens equally.
And also on Monday, we celebrated nationwide the ideas and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr., who fifty years earlier had stood in Washington surrounded by hundreds of thousands of others calling for a colorblind society that would appreciate all of our people.
And today, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of legislation that will make that state the 10th in the nation, including New Hampshire, that formally extends marriage equality for all its citizens, and in so doing would have that state join all the other New England states in allowing marriage rights for its gay and lesbian citizens.
And nationally, the Defense of Marriage Act is facing repeal in a pending case this coming Spring before the United States Supreme Court.
There is nothing more important on Earth than the way we treat one another. And every day, the people of America are taking steps toward equality — thanks to the leadership and commitment of growing millions of our citizens.
What a wonderful time for equality. But like Robert Frost’s quote, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have miles to go and promises to keep before I sleep,” we have much further to travel. I think, though, that we’re going to get there!