Is It Right?

Today marked a joint celebration in the Unites States - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and The 57th Presidential Inauguration. As President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address, the two were tied together in my mind.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said:

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.

Our President stated eloquently to the entire world that now is once again a time for such a position:

Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

Why? Because it is right.