“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” — JFK
I wholeheartedly commend President Obama for declaring his full support yesterday of every Americans’ right to marry whomever they choose. Every now and again we are afforded the chance to witness such a powerful profile in courage. Yesterday’s announcement was certainly one of those moments.
As a staunch and vocal proponent of progressive human rights, I agree with the President’s position on same-sex marriage and will do everything in my power to support it. I am also very proud to live in a state that has already recognized this right for all New Yorkers. No individual or institution has the authority to dictate how people should conduct their lives — including who they choose to spend it with.
The role of true leadership is not to participate in the systemic erosion or denial of citizens’ rights, but to safeguard them. The strong statements of support made this week by President Obama, Vice President Biden and other White House officials are honorable reflections of this leadership obligation.
Still, while we savor this amazing historical moment we must also remember the long road that still lies ahead. Now it’s up to us to carry the torch forward and do our part to secure equal rights and opportunities for all.
P.S. — The road to equality cannot be travelled alone. Exercise your rights by registering to vote in the upcoming Congressional primaries. The deadline for voter registration is Friday, June 1st so make sure to do so today!