Philip Spooner Speaks For Me

Philip Spooner is an 87-year-old World War II veteran and lifelong Republican. He has four children–including a gay son–and earlier this year he spoke in favor of gay marriage at a hearing in Maine:

Maine is one of only 6 states where gay marriage is legal, but there is a ballot initiative–coming up to a vote on November 3rd–that could once again eliminate gay marriage in that state.

Watch the video, because Philip Spooner encapsulates exactly what the fight over gay marriage is about: our rights as Americans. It’s about upholding the values our nation was founded upon, the values many good young men and women died to protect.

It is written in the ink of our forefathers that “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal.” Philip Spooner understands those words–perhaps better than most of us–and I think it’s time we all followed his lead and stepped up to defend our basic American rights.

Abraham Lincoln was not a slave, but he stood up for the rights of slaves; Woodrow Wilson was not a woman, but he stood up for the rights of women; Lyndon Johnson was not a victim of segregation, but he stood up for those who were.

And I am not gay, but I will stand up for the rights of those who are.

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