More like this please. Senator Robert Menendez is announcing that he is against the Defense of Marriage Act, and is for the Respect for Marriage Act. In other words, he’s for marriage equality, respects human dignity and rights for all, and rejects discrimination.
For me, this comes down to the principles I learned as the child of immigrants and that I cherish as an American: that we believe in equality for all people under the law.
So today, I am announcing my support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA and ensures that all lawfully married couples — including same-sex couples — receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. [...]
These gay men and gay women defend our streets and our citizens as firefighters and police officers; they are small-business people who create jobs; they are teachers who prepare our children to compete in the future. And they are soldiers, Marines and sailors who have put their lives on the line for our country, fighting to protect our freedoms and to combat terrorists who threaten to attack us again.
For many years, these millions of committed couples have argued that the freedom to marry — their freedom to marry — is a core civil rights issue. I now believe they are right.
Basic human rights shouldn’t even be in question in this day and age, in this country. The ability to visit your loved one in the hospital, or make a home together as a married couple, the very basics, none of that should be denied two adults who love and want to commit to each other.
On the other hand, Newton Leroy Gingrich is on his third wife, because, see, his wedding vows were so sacred to him that he had to indulge himself three times with three “’till death do us parts”, especially after dillydallying around with his secret lovers. “Family values” like that are widely accepted, but same-sex marriage is disdained.
Thank you Sen. Menendez, for understanding what the words “equal rights” mean. Now maybe you can explain them to all those Republicans in Congress who so ostentatiously claim to cherish monogamy and matrimonial bliss.