Big-time rap and hiphop mogul Russell Simmons has taken a stand that might raise eyebrows in his community of origin. In an open letter for NY Gov. David Paterson, Simmons praises the push for marriage equality in the Empire State and offers the governor some advice:
“I write this letter to you, my friend, to publicly announce my gratitude for your courage and leadership on issues that will ultimately make this state, nation and the world a better place. …
“…as your friend and supporter, we know you can do much more, if you forget about what the poll numbers say and let your heart lead. You have recently done this in showing support for the legalization of gay marriage. History will show you are right and will we support you on this issue.”
via Tips-Q: Russell Simmons and Marriage Equality
Props to Simmons for taking a stand and for making it public. Let’s hope he can inspire many more people to open their minds and embrace equality.