It has been an eventful week for the LGBTQ community!
- Monday: ABC News released a poll reporting that American support for gay marriage is at its highest in history, with 58% in favor.
- Tuesday: stories circulated about Planting Peace charity founder Aaron Jackson, who bought the house across from the Westboro Baptist Church – a notoriously homophobic organization – and painted the house with rainbow colors.
But perhaps one of the top stories of the week is Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially announcing her support of gay marriage! In a video released by the Human Rights Campaign, Hillary spoke out at long last. “Gay rights are human rights,” she said, “and human rights are gay rights.”
Hillary even refers to the growing percentage of supports of gay marriage, calling the speed of its growth as “breathtaking and inspiring.” She says, “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
While some would argue that Clinton’s “late” jump on the equal rights bandwagon is nothing to celebrate, we believe that any change for the better is meaningful. In fact, we’re taking the same approach to our April 13th conference. If we simply change one person’s opinion, or encourage one person to understand the negative impact of anti-gay language (i.e. “That’s so gay”), we have done our job. For this reason, we’d like to take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to not only attend our conference yourself, but to encourage your friends, neighbors and family members to attend with you. You never know who could be the next Hillary Clinton!
View the full speech here: