"I think we're living in really pivotal times. It's the next great battle ... Look at the history of civil rights relating to people's nationality and color."
- DAVID FURNISHSir Elton John's partner, describing the movement in favor of gay marriage as the next great civil rights cause
"For many in this chamber this is not an easy vote. The fight for civil rights has never been an easy fight."
- JOHN WISNIEWSKINew Jersey assembly deputy speaker, on the passing of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state by a vote of 42-33. Gov. Chris Christie, a potential Republican vice-presidential nominee, has promised to veto the measure
"Liu has only exercised his civil rights. He has not done anything wrong. He must be released."
- THORBJORN JAGLAND,the head of the Nobel Committee, at the ceremony to award Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize; as Liu is jailed in China, an empty chair stood where he would have been seated
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