"The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday's vote was deeply disappointing to all who believe in equal treatment under the law.
All Americans are harmed when any of us are discriminated against or have our fundamental rights taken away.
Make no mistake, this fight is not over.
We remain committed to ensuring full equality under the law, just as the thousands of same-sex couples who joyously married in California are committed to each other.
While it is understandable to be angry that a deceptive campaign could lead to such an unfair and wrong outcome, we need to keep focused instead on the progress we have made.
Thousands of volunteers and contributors gave selflessly to this fight for equality. Political leaders—Democrats and Republicans alike–took strong stands and spoke out against the distortions against us. Clergy, labor, educators and business leaders eagerly joined our cause. And we came within 4% of making history and protecting marriage equality in California.
The momentum is clearly on our side.
So, as disappointed as we are, we know that there is still hope and there is still love and, yes, there is still work to do. With our continued effort and by building on the support generated in this campaign, we will prevail. There will be equality. For us all.
"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."
--Robert F. Kennedy
I don't understand why people want to tell other people what to do. There is supposed to be a separation between church and state. Not church, overpowering the state because it has more money. Yes on Prop 8 raised over $25 million to get what they wanted. It's too bad that they claim gay marriage is "immoral," but I say it's immoral to throw $25 million down the drain when there are starving children around the world. Which is more immoral?
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