Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz chooses tolerance over bigotry

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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida’s 23rd congressional district discussed the future of marriage equality during her recent interview with SiriusXM radio. The district representative took a moment to discuss various issues—including a conversation she had with her son, explaining what it means to be gay.

“I think the country has evolved to a point where the majority of Americans embrace marriage equality,” she said during the interview. “And that is the right thing.”

During the segment, Representative Wasserman Schultz recalled a time when her son, who was in fourth grade at the time, saw a commercial on television and asked her what it meant to be gay. In the video, which can be seen below, the District 23 rep said she’d reached a crossroad and that this would be the time for her to either teach tolerance or bigotry. She chose the former.

“This is the moment when people either turn their children into bigots and narrow-minded individuals or they have an opportunity to open their eyes to tolerance. Of course, I had always intended to choose tolerance and understanding.”

Although the congresswoman has been a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage—carrying a 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for her pro-gay stance—Florida, as a state, still has some evolving to do. In 2008, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved in and has remained in place.

Aside from continuing to voice her support for the LGBT community and acceptance throughout the nation, the congresswoman is also currently promoting her new book “For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving our Nation’s Problems.”

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