“…each and every one of us is responsible for contributing to the character of our nation. And, unfortunately, racism, homophobia, misogyny, religious intolerance, and so many other forms of bigotry continue to disfigure its character. If this is ever going to change, it will only happen because we refuse to put up with it any longer.
…we who place human dignity at the pinnacle of morality must never remain silent when confronted by prejudice, intolerance, and hatred. Let our refusal to do so stand as our tribute to the lives that were taken today.”