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First Openly Gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin, Delivered an Impassioned Speech in Support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first to take to the Senate floor and speak in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as the chamber opened its initial debate on the subject this afternoon.
"The citizens of Wisconsin made history, electing our state’s first women to the United States Senate, and electing the first out gay or lesbian person to the United States Senate in the history of our great nation. But I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference — a difference that would give everyone a fair shot at achieving their dreams."
"I realize that for some, this is not an easy vote, I understand that for some, they may believe that it’s not good politics. But I want to say that I have a deep respect for those who choose to stand on the side of progress for our country this week. So for those that stand up this week and answer the call for courage, I can say with confidence your courage will be respected and remembered when the history of this struggle is written."
You can watch the speech above.