What were these people doing that was so awful that a man would drive to Orlando, Florida with an ARstyle assault rifle and a handgun invigorated with the desire to kill as many from this community as his bullets and time would allow him? That's always been our story. Yet, I ask that we stand strong and not give in to fear.
If rights can be gained, can they also be lost?
Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Today, we know better as a society. But compared to so many other issues, America's shift has been so quick.
It seems recent headlines are increasingly filled with hatred and intolerance. That's the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were.
I do believe that love conquers all, but I also believe we need to join together and end this hatred. Although I am out of the country my heart is in Orlando. What were these people doing that was so awful that a man would drive to Orlando, Florida with an ARstyle assault On the never- ending pursuit of gay Over and a handgun invigorated with the desire to kill as many from this community as his bullets and time would allow him?
We need to speak a language of love and openly reject hate no matter where it comes from. I have faith in humanity. The United States is strongest rooted firmly in a foundation constructed on beliefs of freedom; whose laws are built to leave behind regimes that suffocate individuality; a country that welcomes differences and realizes its greatness resides in its people.
They are from the document by which we created our nation, the Declaration of Independence. We are big and vast and diverse, a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories but bound by the shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny.