January 20, 2014

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Day:

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. invigorated this country through his fights for social and economic justice and equality for all Americans.  Since my childhood where I witnessed segregation firsthand, the principle that discrimination has no place in our country has stayed close to my heart. In fact, one of my proudest days as Governor was signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a state holiday.

“However, I also understand that we have yet to fully achieve Dr. King’s dream. While it’s true that because of his efforts it is no longer acceptable as a matter of law to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or ethnicity, it’s also an unfortunate reality that all Americans still do not enjoy equal protections under the law because of their sexual orientation or that social mobility is slowly grinding to a halt.

“The best way to honor Dr. King’s legacy is to recommit ourselves to his dream of a country of equal opportunity for all Americans. Our work is not complete, but I remain confident that if we work together, we will one day truly achieve his vision for our country.”

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