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Cory Booker on Civil Rights

 


Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law

The two clashed sharply on just about every issue, including gay marriage and abortion. Booker said he supports same-sex marriage, saying "We are all equal under the law."

Lonegan said "marriage is the greatest institution made by man" because "it's about the children." Asked whether he believes gay couples should have children, he quipped: "That would be a biological phenomenon." He then added: "I have mixed feelings about that."

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 9, 2013

African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law

A state Superior Court judge last week ruled New Jersey must allow gay couples to get married. Lonegan said the ruling on same-sex marriage should be made by the state Legislature or people of New Jersey, not a judge.

Booker disagreed and said that as an African-American, he would "not be standing here right now if judges didn't say everyone in America is equal under the law."

"The ability to marry the person you love is one of the most fundamental liberties in America," he added.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 5, 2013

MLK's dream still demands work to do, after 50 years

Q: Here's what you said at the Martin Luther King ceremony:

(VIDEO) BOOKER: The truth of the matter is that the dream still demands that the moral conscience of our country still calls us, that hope still needs heroes. We need to understand that there is still work to do.

Q: What is the legacy of the "I Have a Dream" speech? There's only one other African American US Senator; one African American Governor; one African American president. Progress, but still uneven when it comes to elected office. Is that how Dr. King saw the dream playing out 50 years later?

BOOKER: Well, I think that these positions are important. But I think the matter in what drove the march, was not simply propelling people to elected office, it was dealing with the larger issues of inequality. Not only racial inequality, but frankly the challenge we faced then in our nations till now and the dramatic differences between rich and poor and the challenges we have and had then in America and we still have now with poverty.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 on 2014 New Jersey Senate race , Aug 25, 2013

Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are coming

I don't think that we as a country should allow religious differences to undermine the forces that protect the individuality and the uniqueness and diversity of our Nation. I think one of the most intimate choices one can make is who to spend your life with and to be able to choose someone to be your life partner, and proclaim it to the world, "This is my spouse. This is my chosen soul that I am going to take on the world with." To me is such an intimate personal issue, but it also should be a fundamental right when you are in America. I think it's wrong that I can marry certain Americans or Newark residents and I can't marry others. This is a same sex couple. Right now, the law says in New Jersey that I can't marry them. Until I can marry people equally, I don't think I should be doing that at all. I think people need to know what I know with great certainty that equal marriage rights are coming.
Source: YouTube video interview, "FreedomToMarry" , Jun 30, 2010

Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally

Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally I was in my tolerance stage or the "I don't give a damn if someone is gay, just as long as they don't bother me" stage. I was well trained in my tolerance. I stopped telling my gay jokes. Of course, I had my gay friend.

Yet, while I was highly adroit

Source: Stanford Daily column (student newspaper), vol. 201, #33 , Apr 8, 1992

Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago

Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago Our gay counselor [had with me] our first real conversation about homosexuality. He told me of people who religiously prayed to God to help them become straight. He told me of the years of denial and the pain of always feeling different. And he told me
Source: Stanford Daily column (student newspaper), vol. 201, #33 , Apr 8, 1992

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