Friday, May 29, 2009

Maya Angelou on Gay Marriage

Box Turtle Bulletin has a post up about prominent black civil rights leaders that have recently come out in favor of gay marriage. The two quoted in the post are NAACP Chairman Julian Bond (who I've been a fan of since I saw him give an MLK Day speech in college) and poet Maya Angelou.

The BTB post has great quotes from both supporting marriage equality, but my favorite is a line from Maya Angelou because it does such a good job of emphasizing the human element in this debate--something that I thing is easily forgotten, especially among anti-gay marriage folks.

In a call to New York state Senator Shirley Huntley, Maya Angelou told her that she, "would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, ‘Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?’”

It's an important point. I wonder how many of the anti-gay marriage crowd would voluntarily give up their own right to fall in love.


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