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Brian Brown: Rally for Marriage 2010

Brothers and sisters, we are gathered here today in the fight for a great, great cause. It is a fight for the future of our country over what kind of country we will have. It is a fight for a great good. The future of marriage. . . . And this my friends is something worth fighting for.

I believe that this fight is the beginning of a new civil rights movement, and I don’t say that in any shallow way. I mean it. And what I mean is this: that in states and jurisdictions that fundamentally redefine marriage, there are consequences . . . . They are immediate; they are clear and profound. We must stand up for our civil rights to hold our faith and raise our children as we see fit without being labeled as bigots. . . .

When we are told that we are bigots, and when the law puts this powerful new idea to work, it means that we will be punished, repressed and marginalized, and we don’t have to guess at how this will happen. When we look to Massachusetts and we see the Catholic Charities adoption agency trying to live out its gospel mission . . . and it is put out business because they believe children deserve a mother and father, don’t ask me what the consequences of same-sex marriage are. . . .

When our children are taught in schools that it’s the same thing for Jimmy to grow up and marry Johnny as it is to marry Mary, and we the parents are bigots for teaching them otherwise, there is a core civil right that has just been abridged. . . .

Dr. Walter Fauntroy: I know whereof I speak – Let the People Vote!

Thank you for being here. That you lending your bodies to the millions of people from across this country who wanted to be here.

I was there when Lyndon Johnson signed a piece of paper saying let the people vote. This was not by accident. It was from people lending their bodies to the millions of people around the country who wanted to be here.

I know whereof I speak . . . As a member of the Congress, I stood in that building one year after I got elected, and watched the members of the House and the Senate respond to people of conscience all over this nation, and they passed my home rule bill, a home rule bill that said let the people vote through referendum. . . . I know whereof I speak.

Excuse me if I am kind of excited that each one of you decided to be here and stand for marriage.

I am determined to go all the way through. If it costs my life, I am determined, because I’ve got heaven in my view. If it means I have got to stand alone, if it means my friends be few, I am not worried about what people say. I’ve got heaven on my mind.

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