Republican Rep. John Kriesel gave the following speech in front of the Minnesota House of Representatives before a vote was cast 70-62 in favor of placing a question on the 2012 Minnesota general election ballot to constitutionally define marriage as being between a man and a woman. (Minnesota being a state where gay marriage is already illegal.) In it he explains what made him change his mind on the issue of gay marriage, and pleads with the other members of the House to do the same.
But if you forget for a few minutes about the result of the vote, and the fact that we live in a time where civil rights are something to be debated, it’s comforting to watch it and feel like it is just incredibly easy to be reasonable, rational, and compassionate. And that in a time where almost everything is shades of grey, it’s nice to be in a situation where there is so obviously a right and a wrong. That is a very hopeful feeling!
And then you remember the other stuff and maybe have to excuse yourself for a moment. (Via)