1. PASSIONATE

    Bloomberg Defends Gay Marriage

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, with incoming Florida Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, left, and Jon Soltz of VoteVets, right, and leaders of national African American organizations announces Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Washington, a nationwide campaign to reform or repeal Florida-style "Shoot First” laws that have passed in states across the country. The grassroots campaign, "Second Chance on Shoot First” will target thousands of state lawmakers who have voted for these laws.  (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    What better way to get your message across to thousands of North Carolina residents? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a commencement speech at the University of North Carolina Sunday defending the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Last week the state passed a controversial amendment to ban same-sex marriage, which Bloomberg said showed “just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”

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