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"Gay rights are human rights." - Hillary Clinton

"I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights." - Rudy Giuliani

"I'm not a gay rights activist." - Asap Rocky

"Gay rights and human rights are...one and the same." - Hillary Clinton

"Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation." - Macklemore

"I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights." - Ken Livingstone

"I'm for all kinds of gay rights. I'm almost like a gay man myself." - Nene Leakes

"Gay Marriage isn't Special Rights, it's Equal Rights. 'Special Rights' are for political churches that don't pay taxes." - John Fugelsang

"I'm passionate about gay rights, but I think we need admit that there are some gay wrongs as well." - Dov Davidoff

"Putting measures like gay marriage on ballots for elections only hurts the gay rights cause and elects more conservative politicians." - Roseanne Barr

"Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights." - Hillary Clinton

"Fundamentalists tell us to fear the specter of special rights for gay citizens, though of course gay Americans aren't after special rights - merely equal rights. The irony is that special rights actually do exist in this country-for religious groups." - Sean Faircloth

"This is the gay agenda: equality. Not special rights, but the rights that are already written by [our Founding Fathers]." - Lz Granderson

"Same-sex marriage is not a gay privilege, it's equal rights...." - Ricky Gervais

"[Button] If Gay and Lesbian people are given civil rights, soon everyone will want them" - James Howe

"My own country's record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect." - Hillary Clinton

"It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay." - Hillary Clinton

"I am a fierce supporter of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and gay rights in this country." - Bernie Sanders

"If gay and lesbian people are given civil rights, then everyone will want them!" - Anonymous

"Obama's endorsement of gay marriage is hardly as consequential as Johnson's legislative success on civil rights." - Robert Dallek

"I'm saying it loud: I'm a Republican who supports gay rights." - Mark Mckinnon

"One thing the gay rights movement taught the world is the importance of being visible." - Charles M Blow

"Gay rights and body acceptance are two things I feel very passionately about." - Mary Lambert

"Same sex marriage isn't gay privilege, it's equal rights. Privilege would be something like gay people not paying taxes. Like churches don't." - Ricky Gervais

"If you believe in equal rights, then what do "women's rights," "gay rights," etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all." - Thomas Sowell

"If you believe in equal rights, then what do "women's rights," "gay rights," etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all." - Thomas Sowell

"We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with." - Madonna Ciccone

"I don't think I've ever used the word 'gay rights,' because I don't really believe in rights based on your behavior." - Rand Paul

"I think it's ridiculous that we even have to talk about gay rights as rights...It's gonna be as shocking as the treatment of slaves someday." - Regina Spektor

"I think there are profound differences between the civil rights struggle for African Americans and the civil rights struggle for gay Americans." - Christopher Rice

"Another Thing I'm Sick of Hearing: If I started that gay rights group, I must be gay. So if i start an animal rights group, what does that make me? A giraffe?" - James Howe

"The gay rights activists who yell 'bigot' at those who disagree with them are the Imams of America's cultural ghetto." - Erick Erickson

"Conservatives don't need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans," - Ken Mehlman

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial." - Jean O'Leary

"If you listen to the debate, [Barack Obama] and [John] McCain said the same thing about gay rights." - Bill Ayers

"Obviously I'm in favor of protecting the rights of everybody: gay, black, women, what have you, American Indians." - Gore Vidal

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial." - Jean Oleary

"I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations." - Jasmine Guy

"I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength." - Sandra Lee

"Conservatives don't need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans." - Ken Mehlman

"Gay rights is not something most of us think about - because most of us happen to have been born straight." - Jodi Picoult

"Finally, fighting for gay rights, speaking out in various places and making friends, men and women, was great." - George Weinberg

"For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough." - Tammy Bruce

"I have gay friends, I support gay rights, I have nothing against the gay community, but when I see two guys kissing, I think it's gross. And, by the way, it's gross when 99% of straight people do it, too." - Artie Lange

"I haven't been a gay activist. I haven't protested for gay rights or none of that, but one thing I can say is that a lot of the designers I wear are gay and I like their clothes." - Asap Rocky

"Gay rights is just a matter of time. Look at the polls. Worrying about gay marriage, let alone gay civil unions or gay employment rights, is a middle-age issue. Young people just can't see the problem. At worst, gays are going to win this one just by waiting until the opposition dies off." - Gail Collins

"I'm a civil rights attorney. I'm a victim rights attorney." - Gloria Allred

"Management has no divine rights." - Walter Reuther

"I know nothing of man's rights, or woman's rights; human rights are all that I recognize." - Sarah Moore Grimke

"Abortion is a states' rights issue. Education is a states' right issue. Medicinal marijuana is a states' rights issue. Gay marraige is a states' rights issue. Assisted suicide- like Terri Schiavo- is a states' rights issue. Come to think of it, almost every issue is a states' rights issue. Let's get the federal government out of our lives." - Wayne Allyn Root

"Rights mean you have a right to your life. You have a right to your liberty, and you should have a right to keep the fruits of your labor....I, in a way, don't like to use those terms: gay rights, women's rights, minority rights, religious rights. There's only one type of right. It's the right to your liberty." - Ron Paul

"Rights mean you have a right to your life. You have a right to your liberty, and you should have a right to keep the fruits of your labor....I, in a way, do' like to use those terms: gay rights, women's rights, minority rights, religious rights. There's only one type of right. It's the right to your liberty." - Ron Paul

"Because gay people were so much more visible, violence against gays was more common and reported on. But they were definitely related to each other. In the wake of AIDS, gay people felt like they had to organize, become much more active and visible. AIDS fostered a gay rights movement that made gay people more powerful and more vulnerable at the same time." - Dale Peck

"I believe everyone should have the same rights. They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I've had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment." - Brad Pitt

"I don't support gay marriage, but I also don't support a constitutional amendment banning it. However, I do support same sex unions that would give gay couples all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage." - Bob Casey Jr

"Just because I'm in favor of gay rights doesn't mean that I'm gay or doesn't mean I'm some kind of 'sissy' or something. That's the language that you hear in locker rooms." - Scott Fujita

"It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous." - Ian Mckellen

"Loads of my friends are lesbians, and it really annoys me that gay people aren't allowed to get married in most parts of America. I'd go on a march for gay rights any time." - Pink

"Why did mainstream America come to accept marriage equality? Gay leaders had made a convincing case that gay families were like straight families and should have the same rights. The American spirit of fair play had been invoked." - Edmund White

"Gay People can't do this. Women shouldn't be able to that. But touch my semiautomatic rifle and you're attacking my rights." - Remi Kanazi

"It's a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights as someone else." - Jon Stewart

"Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." - Coretta Scott King

"Gay People ca' do this. Women should' be able to that. But touch my semiautomatic rifle and you're attacking my rights." - Remi Kanazi

"Women and gay people are the litmus test of whether a society is democratic and respecting human rights. We are the canaries in the mine." - Peter Tatchell

"Yeah, I know I should be fighting for gay rights, but who wants to join the army or get married anyway?" - John Waters

"I said those things about gay rights and abortion on opposite day. I cannot BELIEVE you don't have opposite day in North Carolina!" - Mitt Romney

"The single most important thing you can do politically for gay rights is to come out. Not to write a letter to your congressman but to come out." - Barney Frank

"The computer is a greater threat to the [nuclear] family than all the abortion laws and gay rights movements and pornography in the world." - Alvin Toffler

"I think gay people deserve all the same rights as everybody else, it's just that marriage is specifically for a man and a woman." - Michael Showalter

"The fact that gay marriage is legal but women don't have equal rights is so redonkulous that I think it just doesn't stand the light of day." - Kamala Lopez

"They were in favour of gay rights officially, officially for abortion on demand... This explains one of the reasons why the Reform party has become such a power." - Stephen Harper

"Gay rights to me that is the last civil right that we have not granted in America and I think it's an enormous embarrassment." - Jodi Picoult

"We have seen the most well-funded gay and lesbian rights organizations valorize the US military in their work seeking inclusion in military service." - Dean Spade

"In an American context, let's say gay rights or marriage policy - that's a progressive thing. I understand that in an American context." - Trevor Noah

"I filed the first gay rights bill in Massachusetts history in 1972 in the legislature, one of the first in the country." - Barney Frank

"By in large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore." - Scott Fujita

"Republicans constantly claim to be the party that defends the Constitution. We have no legitimate right to that claim until we get right on gay rights." - Mark Mckinnon

"Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin." - Michael Bloomberg

"A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important." - Robert Reich

"Really, when it comes to gay rights, there's two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over." - Dan Savage

"When you start talking about abortion and gay rights, people take that seriously and they're passionate about it - on both sides." - Bob Buckhorn

"Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot." - P J Orourke

"This moon man right here stands for a lot more. This is the most important record out of all of them. Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation." - Macklemore

"What is deeply distressing is the incredible number of people who are vehemently opposed to equality, and the need for them to deny gay rights simply because they cannot bear the thought of gays having rights." - Margaret Cho

"Trans rights formation that mimics the models and strategies of the lesbian and gay rights framework is growing, and there are many significant strategy disagreements between those building that work and those doing racial and economic justice centered trans work." - Dean Spade

"Back in the eighties, people thought a vegan was someone from Vegas. It's a different world now and I feel lucky to have been a part of the revolution, both for animal rights and gay rights." - Dan Mathews

"Joe Biden will speak to the nation's largest gay rights group during a human rights convention on Friday. Then on Saturday, he is scheduled to speak to them again to apologize for whatever he said in Friday's speech." - Jimmy Fallon

"If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women's rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don't have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal." - Bernie Sanders

"The arc of American history almost inevitably moves toward freedom. Whether it's Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the expansion of women's rights or, now, gay rights, I think there is an almost-inevitable march toward greater civil liberties." - James Mcgreevey

"The Democrats pretended to care about black people for about five minutes to help their electoral process, and then civil rights suddenly became abortion on demand, gay marriage, rights for the homeless, etc." - Ann Coulter

"There can be people who feel one way about gay rights, another way about gay rights. There can be people who have different views on abortion. But we respect each other. I think we learn from each other. And we understand that ultimately we have the same values." - Rudy Giuliani

"The gay rights movement is not a party. It is not a lifestyle. It is not a hair style. It is not a fad or a fringe or a sickness. It is not about sin or salvation. The gay rights movement is an integral part of the American promise of freedom." - Urvashi Vaid

"I somewhat resist the whole gay rights-vampire rights metaphor because it is fraught with problems. I don't want to be seen as a gay man as a blood-sucking killer. I don't think it is the way to win hearts and minds." - Denis Ohare

"I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights." - Harvey Milk

"Loads of my friends are gay, I don't see myself in any sense as being opposed to gay rights, but I did express a view before the election - which by the way was also expressed by the party but then they changed their mind - that we didn't support gay marriage which is, I suppose for some, the ultimate destination, but not for everybody." - Lucinda Creighton

"I was still closeted, but from the day I decided to run for office, knowing that I was gay, I decided that I would, of course, still be closeted but that I would work very hard for gay rights. It would be totally dishonorable, being gay, not to do that. So I had that as kind of a secondary agenda." - Barney Frank

"Being called gay is worse than transgender. I remember when I started fighting way back in 1999 for hijas' rights, and I said the state doesn't have the right to use my gender to club me into "gay." If I say I am not a man then who are you to question it? Being called gay or a man really upsets me." - Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

"You can't have occupation and human rights." - Christopher Hitchens

"We support President Truman's civil rights program." - Eugenie Anderson

"There are tons of gay issues that are important, from gay marriage to adoption rights to work-place discrimination and more... but I think the biggest gay issue is the level of involvement of the gay community to demand change. So many gays think that other gays will take care of it. To fix this, people need to realize that they CAN make a change, but no one person can do it alone." - Tyler Oakley

"You have to remember, rights don't come in groups we shouldn't have 'gay rights'; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn't have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group." - Ron Paul

"Communities don't have rights. Only individuals in the community have rights." - Michael Badnarik

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely - and the right to be heard." - Hillary Clinton

"To be regularly gay was to do every day the gay thing that they did every day. To be regularly gay was to end every day at the same time after they had been regularly gay. They were regularly gay. They were gay every day. They ended every day in the same way, at the same time, and they had been every day regularly gay." - Gertrude Stein

"He (son Jason) doesn't see me as a (gay) icon, he sees me as his mother who touches his hair too much. No, I love being an icon to anybody. Equal rights, you know?" - Barbra Streisand

"A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any longer. It's the civil rights of our day. It's the issue of our day." - Joe Biden

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice." - Coretta Scott King

"It is unconstitutional to deny people, gay or lesbian couples, the right to marriage. Everyone has equal rights so this is the right way to go. I think it's a great celebration for America." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"One of the loveliest weddings I ever performed was that of a gay couple. To me if you are a good citizen, you pay your taxes, you work, you should have all the rights and responsibilities of everybody else." - Judy Sheindlin

"I've always opposed gay marriage. I believe that we should provide equal rights to people regardless of their sexual orientation but I do not believe that marriage should be between two people of the same gender." - Mitt Romney

"If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion." - Jeanne Phillips

"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested." - Nick Symmonds

"There were a lot of Romneys. There was the Romney who was ; going to be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy; now there's the Romney who checks with Rick Santorum on that issue." - Barney Frank

"I believe there are too many children who need loving parents to deny one group of people adoption rights. A child will benefit from a healthy, loving home, whether the parents are gay or not." - Barack Obama

"I have the liberal dictionary right here...let's see how they define water-boarding: 'Something done by the evil troops, who we don't support, to innocent terrorists violating their rights to bomb our cities and make us get gay marriage.'" - Jon Stewart

"[John] McCain seemed to be winking to the Right, and [Barack] Obama seemed to be winking to the Left. Neither one of them - if McCain had been elected we'd still be where we are on gay rights." - Bill Ayers

"I would ask Donald Trump why every single person in his cabinet has spoken out publicly - and his vice president - against gay rights, and he's never said anything about that." - Andy Cohen

"I think worldwide, the movement has been towards accepting and respecting the individuality and the rights of gay people, lesbians and transgender people. Here, however, age-old cultural mindsets - which also comes from Victorian times, affect the thinking of people." - Kabir Bedi

"The only time there's gonna be a transgender bathroom in the White House is during a gay rights ceremony. You know as well as I do that that's not going to happen." - Rush Limbaugh

"You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they're as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights." - Tyrese Gibson

"Coming up, at 89 years old, acclaimed sculptor Gerson Frank was finally able to marry his longtime partner, Bill. Their relationship has covered three decades and seen many changes in gay rights, but Gerson never viewed himself as an activist." - Jennifer Lopez

"It's hard enough to be taken seriously in the struggle for gay rights without having a bunch of straight girls running around kissing each other to get the attention of boys and videocameras." - M. Robin D'Antan

"'Normal Life' looks at the current moment in trans politics, understanding that it is often assumed that trans resistance strategies should mimic the lesbian and gay legal rights frameworks that have become so visible in recent decades." - Dean Spade

"What I love about what I do is expanding people's minds on the topics of gender expression, gay rights, and most of all, entertaining them while I do it." - Jinkx Monsoon

"It becomes dangerous for somebody who doesn't want their boss to know their sexual preference to use online networks to push for laws supporting gay marriage or same-sex partner rights if they can't do so with a pseudonym." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"Gay rights is just one of the social issues I'm interested in. I think that people might be less tense about it if we would all accept the fact that not everyone is wired the same way." - Charlaine Harris

"On the court, Jason Collins is not a huge basketball star, but he has already claimed his place in civil rights history as the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. sports leagues." - Nancy Gibbs

"Whether you're gay or straight, with a physical disability, your skin's a different color, it's absurd in this age to not be aware and be concerned of the inequity in rights." - Carson Kressley

"If I was courting the Muslim vote, I wouldn't have put establishing the partnership ceremony at the forefront of my first term, would I? I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights." - Ken Livingstone

"The successes of the LGBT civil rights movement and the more prominent role openly gay people are playing in the public eye has actually turned up the temperature in middle schools and high schools for queer kids." - Dan Savage

"My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights." - Bruce Springsteen

"I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well." - William Weld

"I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber - as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals - are Christians but we journalists don't identify them by their religion." - Juan Williams

"I'm a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that" - Rashad Evans

"It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples," - Gene Robinson

"It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people - like all human beings - are born equal in dignity and rights." - George Clooney

"People are killed because they're gay. I don't think, "What do I want to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights." No. It's God catching me by my neck. I wish I could keep quiet about the plight of the Palestinians. I can't!" - Desmond Tutu

"FYI: The Summer of Gay has been extended into the Year of the Queer. Another heads up: Mad Vow Disease, once limited to wholesome, unimpeachable gay couples earnestly seeking to take on the rights and responsibilities of marriage, has jumped the pen and crossed into the general population." - Kate Clinton

"Of course, I have a different vested interest in the gay community, because I am gay, and I would certainly enjoy the tax advantages that straight people have, and the inheritance advantages, and things like Social Security, but I've always been a civil rights advocate across the board. That's how I was raised." - Janis Ian

"Here's why I cannot vote for Rudy Giuliani. He's pro-abortion. He's never repudiated gay marriage in New York City or at least the civil unions in New York City. He's called a champion of gay rights. Rudy is opposed to school choice. He's in favor of open borders." - James Dobson

"Establishing the rights for gay people to be married would cost the Australian government nothing financially and would gain for you worldwide respect from people like us and, of course, would change lives enormously - the lives of gay people and of their friends and of their families and therefore of Australia as a whole." - Ian Mckellen

"I think I have a very good reputation amongst the gay population and among the whole country because I stood up on the issue of gay rights. It is not easy to stand up on that issue when you are single and male in New York City. I did it anyway." - Ed Koch

"Discrimination is discrimination no matter who the victim is, and it is always wrong. There are no special rights in America, despite the attempts by many to divide blacks and the gay community with the argument that the latter are seeking some imaginary special rights at the expense of blacks." - Julian Bond

"I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy. The civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement." - Coretta Scott King

"I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word marriage. Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights." - Ani Difranco

"In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?" - Holly Near

"Twenty-five, 30 years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian." - Bayard Rustin

"If a woman or a gay person has a right, by conservative logic, then the right is not actually a right but instead an assault on rights. Women and gays: So evil that we can turn actual rights into assaults on freedom just by having them." - Amanda Marcotte

"There are a lot of people that form movements around particular commitments, like gay rights. It is important, but it does not link easily to, say, economic rights, and it often looks like it's opposed to them. The attempt to bring these together has yet to be done in a truly effective way, and I think it can be." - Noam Chomsky

"I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word 'marriage.' Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights." - Ani Difranco



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