John Aravosis speaks for me: Anyone who didn't feel a sense of history watching this debate today. Well, I just feel sad for you. Today was a chance to educate America, and 200 Democrats, and 35 Republicans, rose to the occasion. You just couldn't watch this debate and not feel a sense of pride, and of change. It doesn't matter if it's only one House. My God, we've never had one House on a federal gay civil rights bill. Now we do.
Rep. Frank: 35 years ago, I filed a bill that tried to get rid of discrimination based on sexual orientation… But here’s the deal: I used to be someone subject to this prejudice. And through luck, circumstance, I got to be a big shot. I’m now above that prejudice. But I feel an obligation, to 15-year-olds dreading to go to school because of the torments, to people they’ll lose their job in a gas station if someone finds out who they love. I feel an obligation to use the status I have been lucky enough to get, to help them. And I want to ask my colleagues here, Mr. Speaker, on a personal basis, please don’t fall for this sham [the "sham" refers to disgusting typical wingnut Republican efforts stop the bill the better to Spread Hate in the Name of White Power War God Jeebus's Holy Daddy Luv -- DC]. Don’t send me out of here having failed to help those people.