Senator Tim Carpenter offered the following Democratic Weekly Radio address today commemorating PRIDE Month and honoring the victims of Orlando.

"Pride month also seemed a good time to remember that the United States Supreme Court re-affirmed marriage equality in all 50 states in June 2015. But something happened in Orlando. We saw the deadliest shooting in modern American history after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando. My heart breaks with the murder of 49 people, the suffering of the innocent victims and their families." - Sen. Tim Carpenter 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen03/carpenterradio6.23.16.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, this is Senator Tim Carpenter. Last week, I put together some hopeful words I wanted to say to celebrate June as the traditional “Pride Month” when LGBT folks and their allies come together in various celebrations. 
 
"Pride month seemed a good time to talk about Wisconsin making history in 1982, when Republican Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus signed the nation’s first state law protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
 
"Pride month also seemed a good time to remember that the United States Supreme Court re-affirmed marriage equality in all 50 states in June 2015. But something happened in Orlando. We saw the deadliest shooting in modern American history after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando. My heart breaks with the murder of 49 people, the suffering of the innocent victims and their families. 

"I am thankful for law enforcement and medical personnel  who stopped the killer, rescued the victims, treated the wounded, and comforted those who grieved. Although our hearts break, we are resilient, we will persevere, and we will continue to be united in working for a better world."

 

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