Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal: Fighting for the Voiceless

Democrats in the Senate staged a 39-hour filibuster last week to block the passage of an anti-gay bill that would enshrine discrimination into our state constitution. Under the measure, businesses would be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples solely based on their sexuality. I do not believe in the 21st Century, we should be promoting the discrimination of others. We have worked too hard, and come too far in the name of justice, to take such a step backwards. I know we are on the right side of history, and the future will validate that view. It was all too appropriate that the arguments we heard in defense of this bill were the same used to discriminate against people of color in the past.