Thursday, October 22, 2009

Freedom and Equality - It's Who We Are

I saw this today on the Huffington Post. It is the testimony of Philip Spooner, 86, a World War II vet, a lifetime Republican, at hearings in Maine last spring about whether to pass a law permitting gays to marry. His words in part:

I am here today because of a conversation I had last June when I was voting. A woman at my polling place asked me, "Do you believe in equal, equality for gay and lesbian people?" I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, "What do you think our boys fought for at Omaha Beach?" I haven't seen much, so much blood and guts, so much suffering, much sacrifice. For what? For freedom and equality. These are the values that give America a great nation, one worth dying for.

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