“At our nation’s founding, African-Americans were held in bondage. Those without property could not vote. Catholics could not hold office. Women could not vote or hold office. And homosexuality was, in some places, a crime punishable by death.
Throughout our history, each and every generation has expanded upon the freedoms won by their parents and grandparents. Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream. That work is not over. Far from it… Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, comments at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill commencement.