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Bloomberg blasts N.C. gay marriage ban during commencement address

Sunday, May 13, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday, delivering the commencement address at the University of North Carolina, blasted the state over its approval of a constitutional ban on same-sex unions.

To a roar of approval by graduates, Bloomberg said that voters’ landslide approval Tuesday of Amendment One was on “the wrong side of history.”

Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: The News & Observer.)

Bloomberg said that “freedoms that are not fully shared are not fully safe,” reported the News & Observer.

“Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream,” Bloomberg told the 5,700 graduates. “That work is not over. Far from it.”

“And, I would argue, last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people,” he said.

“I have no doubt,” Bloomberg continued, “that in your lifetime, liberty’s light will allow us to see more clearly the truth of our nation’s founding principles, and allow us to see all people and all couples as full and equal members of the American family.”

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Good on him.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:05pm
  2. Bloody Amazing speech by an Amazing American!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:06pm
  3. Good for him

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:09pm
  4. YES! You go on with ya bad self Mayor Bloomberg! Call out these small minds on the wrong side of history!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:14pm
  5. Awesome!!! Let there be light with equality and love for all human beings.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:17pm
  6. ditto to what Ms Mccoy said!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:19pm
  7. AND he’s Republican too, right? Maybe others will follow suit & realize you can still be Republican without being ultra-conservative & discriminatory.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:23pm
  8. Why cant he teach all the morons about equality

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:23pm
  9. Mayor Bloomberg was a Republican but switched to Independent in 2007.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:29pm
  10. Good Man!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:35pm
  11. good for him! bravo!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:39pm
  12. Fuck u all :)p

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:42pm
  13. AWESOME!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:42pm
  14. To Mitt Romney: This is what courage and backbone looks like.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8:54pm
  15. I knew he was on our side. I knew the media was reporting it wrong… watch who you listen to!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9:49pm
  16. He is our Mayor in New York City……..I have supported him from day one and will continue to do so always.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:01pm
  17. Makes me want to move to New York City! Very nicely put Mayor!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 11:47pm
  18. ILY Mayor Bloomberg come to OK and help us progress.

    Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 4:10am
  19. People in high places approve. Too bad the others believe they should have the right to take away the happiness others deserve. Who gave you that right? Did you ask yourself WWGD?

    Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:19am