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“In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.” ~ The New York Times,  April 26, 2015

“There are times we must pause our more typical environmental concerns, such as climate change, the global water crisis, and the fate of other species, to consider what we humans require of, and owe to, the members of our own species; to reflect upon the adequacy of our social institutions at-large, as the original vision for Earth Day demanded.” ~EarthDesk on the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, June 27, 2013

AnthonyKennedybw_sm “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage … They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” ~ Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, June 26, 2015 GaylordNelson bw_sm“The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings … a new American ethic … emphasizing human dignity and well-being.” ~ Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970