I know I usually have something new to say, but in this instance, my opinions havenâ€™t changed since this video. I was proud to be a part of this movement in Minnesota.Â
TODAY, I canâ€™t help but think about civil liberties. When I call for a revolution in this country, I am calling for a revolution of thought, a revolution of ideas. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew quite a bit about that.
The Civil Rights movement was a nonviolent revolution in our country, and if you were alive to witness it, youâ€™d know it was a grassroots movement that built momentum across our great nation. The Civil Rights movement of the 60s forever changed the perception of â€śseparate but equalâ€ť to â€śall are created equal.â€ť It was notâ€”and still is notâ€”an easy accomplishment, but it is one that now defines all generations.
Today, we have come a long way, but we still havenâ€™t come far enough to ensure all citizens receive equal rights, as stated under the 14th Amendment.
The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be a guaranteed right for every ethnicity and every culture as well as every person, regardless of sexual orientation or preference.
I think itâ€™s easy for me to look at gay rights objectively because Iâ€™m an atheist. I donâ€™t have a book dictating to me that some people have a right to get married and some people donâ€™t. I donâ€™t have that prejudice in my heart. I donâ€™t look at same sex marriage as a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. I look at it as a civil rights issue, because thatâ€™s exactly what it is. The majority is denying the minority the basic right of falling in love and officially stating that they want to live together as a couple, as a family unit, as legal partners.
Those same Tea Party-types, who are always harping about how we need LESS Government, are actually the ones really pushing for MORE Government by trying to legislate what people can and can't do with their personal lives. The hypocrisy is astounding.
I am asking the American people to be objective, to be fair, to do whatâ€™s right. You donâ€™t have to agree with someone elseâ€™s choices, but those choices are that personâ€™s right to make.
Who gives you the right to decide for someone else who they can fall in love with? You do NOT have that right.
What gives the government the right to decide who can and canâ€™t get married? The government does NOT have that right.
Donâ€™t deny people the right to live as the Bill of Rights and the Constitution intended us all to live: as equals.
Gov. Jesse Ventura #StayVigilant
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