VIDEO: Congressman Lewis kicks off Southerners for the Freedom to Marry campaign
February 24, 2014
In a new video from Freedom to Marry, United States Congressman John Lewis from Atlanta, Georgia speaks out about why he supports marriage for same-sex couples. The video marks the launch of Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, our new campaign in partnership with 12 Southern equality organizations that will amplify the voices of people who support the freedom to marry in the South. Learn more about Southerners for the Freedom to Marry HERE.
Congressman Lewis is one of thirteen honorary co-chairs of Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. Read more about the co-chairs HERE.
Rep. Lewis talks about his history in the civil rights movement in the video, sharing personal photos with viewers. He says, "I fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up - and speak up - against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. I see the right to marry as a civil rights issue."
He continues: "I look forward to the day, not just in the state of Georgia, but all across the American South and all across our country - when the question of being free to fall in love and marry whoever you will please will no longer be an issue. ... And that day will come! It will come in America, in our lifetime."
Watch the video below: