Pride month came to a close on Friday, and while Donald Trump sent a clear message with his refusal to acknowledge it, especially in light of President Barack Obama celebrating it for eight years, Sen. Kamala Harris wanted LGBT people to know that she’s been on board for the fight for LGBT rights for more than a decade and that she’s ready to keep persisting.
In a video message posted to her Facebook page before the weekend, Harris, who recently caught national attention for her thorough grilling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian election interference, sent a message to LGBT people to stay strong and focused.
She began her message by recalling Valentine’s Day in 2004 when she, then district attorney of San Francisco, got the news that same-sex couples marriages in the city would be recognized under the law. She then regaled viewers with the fact that she was “thrilled” to be a part of that day when she walked up the steps of San Francisco City Hall and performed marriages before reminding everyone that a blow arrived six months later when the marriages were voided.
“But here’s the thing. We were not deterred. We banded together, we marched in the streets, we lifted up our voices, and we took our case to court. And on June 28, 2013, I had the honor to perform the marriage of Miss Kris Perry and Miss Sandy Stier, right here at City Hall,” Harris said. “So just as we have before, we need to once again build a coalition to fight for our collective civil rights and civil liberties.”
Harris ended her video saying that it’s incumbent upon all of Americans to stand up for civil liberties and that we will use the energy together to face what’s thrown in the way of marginalized people, presumably by the Trump administration, in the coming weeks, months, and years.