Voice for Equality: Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow does it all; she’s a radio personality, television host, and lively political commentator. Her syndicated talk radio program, The Rachel maddow Show, airs nightly on Air America Radio, and she is also host of a weeknight television show on MSNBC. Maddow, who attended Stanford and Oxford universities, is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a prime-time news program in the United States. She is also the first openly gay American to hold a Rhodes scholarship.

While Maddow refrained from endorsing any candidate in the 2008 election season, she was nonetheless a fierce advocate for LGBT America. On May 23, 2008, while appearing on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Maddow offered the following commentary on the state of marriage equality:

“What is the relationship between the sanctity of a heterosexual marriage with the sanctity, or not, of a gay marriage? I live in Massachusetts, and what we experienced with gay marriage is that all of the anti-gay marriage stuff sort of dissolved and sort of had the air knocked out of it after gay people were allowed to get married because nothing happened to straight people. Straight people’s lives didn’t change. The sky didn’t fall, no meteors, divorce didn’t go up or down, kids were still kids, adults were still adults, pets were still pets. It was all fine, and kind of took the wind out of the argument against [gay marriage].”

We congratulate Rachel Maddow for being a Voice for Equality!

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