This isn’t just a slight. It is the justice system wielded as a tool of hate.
Respect. Appreciation. Admiration.
Instead, years of sacrifice and honorable service - whole careers - are now poised to be severed in service of bigotry.
I’ve never put myself in harms way or spent holidays deployed far away from friends and family.
I’ve never faced the barriers of living in a world sometimes quicker to hate than accept me.
It is a product of a bigoted man’s petty cruelties.
It is the worst of us not a representation of us.
My life has been made immeasurably better for the gift of those relationships.
I was with you then. I’m with you now. I’ll be with you tomorrow.
I see you and love you.
Tonight, I’m drawing you close in my thoughts. Tomorrow, I’ll be drawing close by your side.
Your fight is mine until it is won. And it will be.