COLUMN: Marriage equality a question of justice
"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall." The power of those words can't be overstated. President Obama's moving speech last week was the first inaugural to include gay Americans among America's great civil rights struggles. The overwhelming applause that followed was another testament to just how far we've come as a nation — that such a comparison is at last welcome and right. Along with the women's movement and the African-American civil rights movement, the gay rights movement deserves the same equality and justice under the law. But unlike those earlier movements, which earned that justice after much heartache and bravery, the modern gay rights movement — begun more than four decades ago as a riotous rebuke of police raids at the Stonewall Inn — marches on.