May 17, 2012 at 9:47 am EST | by Phil Reese
Bloomberg blasts N.C.’s Amendment One
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a strong defense of same-sex marriage in his commencement address at UNC, days after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional ban on same-sex relationship recognition. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

CHAPEL HILL — New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg used his University of North Carolina graduation commencement address Saturday to blast the anti-gay amendment passed just days earlier in that state.

“Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream,” Bloomberg, a vocal marriage equality supporter, told the graduating class, according to the New York Times. “I would argue last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”

Despite a spirited and well-funded opposition to it, North Carolina overwhelmingly passed the sweeping ballot measure last week, barring constitutionally recognition of any relationship other than that of a man and a woman.


1 Comment
  • My daughter was part of the UNC-Chapel Hill class of 2012 – we thoroughly enjoyed Mayor Bloomberg’s address to the graduates. Not only was he impressively well prepared (given his references to the campus), he was appropriately humorous and offered some really sound advice to the graduates – some of which I would like to revisit with my daughter. Is there a chance he would share his speech? I didn’t know how or where else to pose this question – hoping to get a response.

    Thanks in advance,
    Darlene Norman

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