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Bloomberg Delivers UNC Commencement Address

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has told University of North Carolina graduates that the state's anti-gay-marriage vote last week shows there is still a lot of work to be done for civil rights in this country.

Bloomberg told thousands of graduates that Americans have slowly understood since this country was founded that if the government can deny freedom to one person, it can deny freedom to everyone.

The mayor said every generation has brought more freedom to this country, and he expects the latest generation to continue that work, especially in light of last Tuesday's vote approving a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Bloomberg added that the university's motto, "Light and Liberty," should be the defining spirit of this century.

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