Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Statement By Speaker Christine C. Quinn Re: President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality "This is an amazing day, our President coming out in support of marriage equality. President Obama's declaration that marriage is a right for all people is an act of courage that will go down in history as the moment the tide changed for LGBT Americans. When the President of the United States validates you, your family, your friends and your loved ones by saying that yes - you are full citizens who deserve full equal rights - it's a truly American moment. Today President Obama gave hope to a new generation of LGBT youth who will grow up knowing there is nothing wrong with who they are, and that no matter how bad things may seem, the President, and the United States of America stands with them. Even with a recent setback in North Carolina, now that we have the support of President Obama, we have never been closer to making marriage equality a reality for everyone, everywhere then we are now. Today, we are on the cusp of change, and I'm enormously grateful and proud of President Obama, marriage equality advocates and everyone who has worked so hard to bring us to this moment. Thank you for all you have done, and all we will continue to do for equality."