Edie Windsor, the woman whose Supreme Court case will likely overturn DOMA, David Boies, the attorney who brought Prop 8 to the Supreme Court, and NYU’s own Kenji Yoshino, an openly-gay man, frequent MSNBC guest and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU, were among the highlights of this year’s New York University commencement, making LGBT civil rights and same-sex marriage a strong and welcome focus.
The NYU class of 2013 officially graduated in New York City’s Yankee Stadium. Boies was the Commencement Keynote Speaker, and received an honorary received a Doctor of Laws degree. During his address he called Edith Windsor a “hero,” to great applause.
NYU President John Sexton awarded Edith Windsor the NYU Presidential Medal, calling her “one of the most courageous citizens, willing to stand for justice, and assert the right to equal protection under the Constitution of the United States.”
Yoshino told Boies, “Now you’re engaged in the defining civil rights struggle of this generation, leading thew charge for marriage equality.” The crowd cheered.
“We are engaged today in a civil rights struggle to try to end the last official bastion of discrimination in this country, where the government discriminates against its own citizens,” Boies told the graduates.
“One of the platitudes of our country is that all people are created equal,” Boies told the crowd. “I can’t tell you today how the Supreme Court is going to rule in June but what I can tell you is that if we don’t win it in Perry we will continue the fight until we do win it.” The crowd cheered.
“So congratulations, and join us in trying to make platitudes real.”
Hat tip: Towleroad
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