[quote]James Hipps[cite]
“It is unfortunate that a segment of our society fails to see that we all should be treated like human beings, that we all are citizens of the United States of America. I’ve taken the position and I’ve long held this position that I fought too long and too hard against discrimination base on race and color not to stand up and speak out against discrimination based on sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter if someone is gay or straight or whether someone believes in a different philosophy or different religion. We’re one people, we’re one family, and we’re one house. There is not any room in American society for discrimination based on sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter whether someone is gay or happens to be lesbian or transsexual. We’re one people; we’re one family, the American family. You call it what you want, discrimination is discrimination and we have to speak up and speak out against discrimination. You have too many people in this society saying they’re against same-sex marriage. If people fall in love and want to get married, it is their business. Martin Luther King Jr. used to say races don’t fall in love in love and get married; individuals fall in love and get married. So if two men or two women want to fall in love and get married it’s their business. Some people say it is a threat to the institution of marriage, and some of these people who go around saying that same sex marriage is a threat to the institution of marriage, which marriage or what marriage are they talking about? Some of these same individuals have had several marriages and I don’t think individuals that happen to be gay are a threat to anybody’s marriage. Love is love. It is better to love than to hate, it is better to be together than to be divided.”

[quote]James Hipps[cite]

“I think that it is important for all of us in America, in our own environment, our own workplace, among our own institutions whether it be in the education community, the religious community, in the media or in the political arena, entertainment, in sports…wherever we find ourselves, we have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate to speak up and speak out for what is right, for what is fair and for what is just. Sometimes I feel like in our society we’re too quiet, and there comes a time you have to make a little noise, for you have to put a face on the issues that are confronting people. That’s what we did during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, and that is what people must continue to do.”[/quote]

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