The HRC website has interviews with two major civil rights leaders, Julian Bond and Dolores Huerta, on its website. I particularly like what Bond had to say:
It’s an “exact parallel,” said Bond. “When the black civil rights movement wins an advance, it isn’t a black advance. It is an advance for all people. Everyone moves forward. … That’s true with gays and lesbians; it’s true with Hispanics; it’s true with women. It’s true with all of us.”
Absolutely. And it’s all part of the long hard struggle to make good on the promises of the Declaration of Independence, to make sure that when it says that all men (and women, of course) are created equal and are endowed with unalienable rights, it truly means all, not merely some.