I posted this on Facebook late Monday night/early Tuesday morning before getting up to go rally in front of the Supreme Court on the day of the Prop 8 argument. Republished below for posterity’s sake.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing the first of two cases on gay marriage.
The first time I ever saw true courage was when a friend came out to me. I cannot even fathom how hard that must have been for him. And I see that courage and character again and again, every single day, from everyone in the LGBTQ community.
And look at the difference its making. The research from Pew shows it. The changing positions of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Senators Rob Portman, Claire McCaskill, and Mark Warner show it. America is changing.
I have often wondered that if I had been alive in the 1960s, if I would have had the courage to have been a part of the Civil Rights Movement. If I could have been one of the civil rights workers who matched their words with actions, who traveled to the south at risk to themselves, to stand tall for an ideal and people who didn’t necessarily look like them.
Well I’m alive today. And I’ll be out in front of the Supreme Court tomorrow. And no matter what the Supreme Court says, you’re not going anywhere and neither am I. If Tim and I have throw a thousand boat parties till equality is not just a word but the law, then so be it.
I’m so proud of everyone in the LGBTQ community and those who have stood up alongside them. I could not be prouder to be your friend and ally. But mostly, thank you for your courage. Because I know it isn’t easy. But there are so many of us who love you and want to make the world a place where it does get better. We’ve got your back.