James Neiley, a 17 year old gay young man from Charlotte, Vermont testified before the Vermont Senate before their historic vote for Marriage Equality. His words express exactly why this is so important.
Chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond speaks at the HRC Los Angeles Dinner, powerfully and persuasively making the case that equal rights for the LGBT community are civil rights. From his speech:
"So, it does not matter the rationale - religious, cultural, pseudo-scientific - no people of good will should oppose marriage equality...So we all have work to do in terms of education and enlightenment..."