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

Sunday, May 13, 2012
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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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