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ith us for that. don is going to be with us of course throughout the day. i'll be back at 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." "newsroom" with brooke baldwin picks up our coverage right now. this is cnn and i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for joining me here on this friday. we'll take you back to that funeral service for the pastor in charleston in just a moment. first, a huge development in this desperate hunt for the two escaped inmates. there's new evidence to suggest that the inmates are heading towards canada. three weeks now on the run. still no capture. but, we are now hearing a burglary led to a cabin in malone new york where we'll take you live. but first, a historic moment in this country today. from this day forward, same-sex marriage is now legal in the united states of america. the u.s. supreme court handing down a 5-4 decision that means
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no u.s. state can ban same-sex marriage anymore. as news rippled through the crowds who were rallying for marriage equality outside the courthouse people broke out into cheers followed quickly by patriotism. [cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ for the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪
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>> among the crowds there on the front steps you have this man. let me hone in on jim and tell you his story. he's the lead plaintiff in the supreme court case. his partner passed away in 2013. because of that obergefell was not listed on his death certificate. this was a once in a lifetime moment captured on cnn. his phone rang. you know who was on the end of the phone? the president. he called him personally to thank him. >> is this jim? >> yes, it is mr. president.
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>> we were going to be hoping for some good news and we did and i just wanted to say congratulations. >> thank you so much sir. >> you know your leadership on this you know has changed the country. >> i -- i really appreciate that mr. president. it's really been an honor for me to be involved in this fight and to have been able to fight for my marriage and live up to my commitments to my husband. so i appreciate everything you've done for the lgbt community and it's an honor to have become part of that fight. >> well i'm really proud of you and, you know just know that not only have you been a great example for people but you're also going to bring about a lasting change to this country.
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and it's pretty rare when that happens and i couldn't be prouder of you and your husband. god bless you. >> thank you, sir. that means an incredible amount to me. and, yeah thank you. >> all right. take care. >> thanks for the call mr. president. >> bye-bye. >> bye. >> thanks for the call mr. president. we'll talk to pamela brown in a second about that moment. but first, after that phone call the president addressed the nation. >> this decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. it will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move or even visit another. this ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all-loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land. >> let's go to pamela brown who
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is still there on the steps of the u.s. supreme court. pamela we will talk about that phone call that you caught on live tv in a minute. but first, to the ruling itself 5-4 here. justice kennedy writing the majority opinion. tell me about it. >> reporter: it's just been an extraordinary, historic day here at the supreme court, brooke. in fact a lot of people thought we'd get this ruling on monday the last day of the term. it was a bit of a surprise when we found out that the opinion was going to be announced today. and as soon as we found out it was justice kennedy, you could feel the energy change out here outside in front of the supreme court. and then as soon as it was announced that justice kennedy, the majority on the supreme court, made same-sex marriage a nationwide constitutional right, you can hear the crowd just erupted in applause. they were screaming. balloons were released into the air. in fact they ran onto the plaza here at the supreme court, which
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is highly unusual. you're not supposed to be on the plaza. but as you can see, they poured onto the plaza, celebrating, singing patriotic songs singing the national anthem. this is the day that the gay rights activists have been fighting for for decades. this is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time and justice kennedy cemented his legacy. here's what he said today, sort of explaining why he made this decision. he said -- talking about same-sex couples "their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. they ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. the constitution grants them that right." this is a broad ruling by justice kennedy saying that same-sex couples have a right to
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marriage. >> that phone call with the president and jim obergefell total serendipity. >> total serendipity. i had just finished an interview with jim obergefell and president obama was on hold when we were finishing up the live interview. they came back and said, do you want to capture this? and i said i think so. >> you made the right decision pamela brown. >> i feel pretty good about that brooke. >> pamela brown, thank you so much at the supreme court. celebrations are extending far beyond the beltway there in new york. moments from now, the mayor of new york bill de blasio will officiate not just one but two same-sex marriages. dan simon is in san francisco where he spoke to gavin newsom.
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gaf this is the right side of the screen where the riots broke out in 1969. that was the beginning of a massive movement. this weekend marks the 46th anniversary of the riots that took place at the stonewall inn. the demonstrations and riots that occurred were considered to be the most significant events that started the movement. rosa flores to you, across town there in downtown manhattan, ahead of these two same-sex ceremonies tell me who is getting married. not getting her. i hear technical difficulties
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rosa. stand by. we'll try to make the connection a little better. >> >> reporter: brooke it's been pretty historic here in san francisco. we are on the steps of city hall. we've seen celebrations. it was 2004 when arguably this whole odyssey began, this whole fight for same-sex marriage began. that's when gavin newsom said we're going to start granting marriage licenses and that's when we had a chance to catch up with him on this historic day. >> it's possible to do the right things. it is. and for all of the anxiety around inequality and the controversy, this is ann dote to
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that fear and frustration and anxiety. we can do great things as a country when we can reconcile our differences and understand that we're all in this together and we're all given a very short moment of life and we i think, are celebrating those principles and those values here today. >> reporter: and it's going to be quite a weekend here in san francisco, a gay pride weekend, the largest gay pride parade happening on sunday in san francisco. and brooke i'll just leave you with a tweet that i saw from tim cook the ceo of apple, tweeting the people who are crazy enough to change the world are the one who is do borrowing that famous quote from steve jobs. tim cook famously acknowledging his sexuality earlier this year. >> what would harvey milk be
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thinking right now? let's go to jeffrey toobin now to talk about the majority opinion here. jeff toobin let me just begin with you. a 5-4 decision here. justice kennedy wrote the majority opinion. i want to focus on justice scalia. yesterday he was dissenting talking about somersaults and downward spirals and applesauce and today, what are some of the words that stood out for you? >> he's become the get off my lawn justice. you know he is so angry all the time. you would think he lost every case when in fact the conservatives on the court of whom he's a senior member usually win most cases. but the health care case yesterday and the marriage case set him off. today it was not so much the rhetoric but it was the attacks on justice kennedy personally
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his calling the opinion embarrassing and really disgraceful it was a kind of breach of decorum that even in the spirit of dissenting opinions that the justices are known to write was really over the top. >> over the top but then you have the chief justice, john roberts, this bush appointee who we spoke about yesterday. walk me through how you think he's been perceived -- i was talking about gloria borger and today he switched it up. >> well he's definitely a conservative. there is no doubt about it. and his opinion was very focused on one thing, which is you know same-sex marriage is a controversial, political issue that should be settled by the people's elected representatives. his opinion was, if we want to make this big momentum change
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the marriage between men and women has been there for 1,000 years plus. if we want to make that kind of change as a society, it should be up to the people's representatives, not five you be elected unelected justices. this is why we have courts to recognize rights and make sure that people are tweeted equally under the law. chief justice roberts and others do that with some regularity. i think that indicates how strongly he felt about this case. >> we'll talk more about this jeffrey toobin. but i now have to pause and take you to charleston the funeral for reverend clementa pinckney is under way. the crowd at the capacity 5,000 people in this arena. my colleague don lemon is standing by. we know the president, among
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others are in attendance here. they are familiar with one another personally, don. have you seen the president yet? >> reporter: i have not seen the president. i've seen the president's motorcade, yes. so in that vain i have seen the president drive by a short while ago as he got off of air force one and made his way to the arena which is in the shadow of the ame emanuel church that is nearby. the president will be speaking and this is going to be a big speech for him. he's given this speech a number of times after there have been tragedies involving shootings in this country. you have covered them brooke and i have covered them as well. this comes a the a time when we're dealing very specifically with race in this country and the issues of rights as well civil rights human rights equal rights. and so in a way it all falls under the same umbrella. the president, of course with the first lady of the united
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states. the president of the united states there as well. those who would like to be president of the united states one of which is hillary clinton is there as well. governor mark sanford is there as well as loved ones and friends of the reverend clementa pinckney all joining in today, giving very poignant stories -- some of them childhood friends about their loved one and their relative. it's going to be interesting to see what the president of the united states has to say. he's going to come up in just a moment here to speak. brooke i need to tell you that you know this place holds 5400 people and it reached capacity very quickly. people lined up here since before dawn before sunrise here trying to get in and they got in very quickly and now where we are here at the church is the overflow crowd. so you can hear now the folks inside of this arena awaiting the president to give the eulogy. >> incredible. we'll stay on this live picture.
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don, let's continue our conversation because i think it's worth reminding everyone it was nine days ago that these nine souls were massacred inside this church. it's important to remind everyone it happened during the bible study and that bible study has since resumed and the theme is unity and love. what is the sense in when you're there, you're talking to people in charleston. how are they feeling? >> yeah. the power of love the power of love. that's how people were feeling. i was talking to my colleague van jones who is also here with me and he said it's going to be a tough speech for the president because he has to bring a nation together heal a nation. i think it's really tough. the families should not be given short strips here. the family set the tone here for the country as well as the people here. we have been in so many places where there has been unrest people screaming, people burning things. the family said no we're not
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having any of that. we want peace, we want love we want forgiveness. and anytime someone comes out and they try to start something or yelling or screaming or calling names, it's almost like striking a wet match. it's just not going to happen here because that's not the atmosphere. and i think that can be -- the family should be commended for that but also that's happening because the family set the tone here and because of the church spirit. that's the spirit of christianity. they are saying no. anytime you have a family that comes out days after their loved one has been murdered in a horrific way, in a racist way, in a terroristic way and say, i forgive you, you at home or you here, if you don't understand that you shouldn't be here. that's what they want and that's what the president is going to be -- that's what his speech will be fueled from from that energy right there. >> don, you're from the south.
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i'm from the south. some of our history is beautiful. some of it is quite ugly. and to see the pictures in the last couple of days of this reverend lying in state in that capitol rotunda in columbia south carolina given the history and the ugliness of the south to know here is this african-american man so beloved by his community, known by the president of the united states it was a pretty stunning moment for the state and the country. >> it's -- you know after doing this for a while you come on the stories and you cry so much it's almost too much to think about. i have to separate myself from it and it's not that -- the story is not about me. but i grew up here and so much ugliness growing up here in the south and that's part of the reason why i left the south. if you read what i wrote in my book part of the reason why i left is because of the racism. and so i went to the north.
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so that i wouldn't have to deal with any of that. and you still deal with it just in a different way. but it's so overwhelming that at any moment you find yourself breaking down and you can't even imagine the people who are close to it how the families are even -- >> there he is. there's the president. forgive me. there's the president and the first lady. let's listen. >> yes, they are coming in now. ♪ ♪ ♪
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lord! >> praise the lord! >> followed by the end location by the presiding elder of the mt. pleasant district. and the scripture lesson we're
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given instead by the reverend joseph ostel of the lancaster district. it is well. when peace like a river attendant my way. what my lot has taught me to say, it is well with my soul. though satan should come and trials should come let this blessed assurance control that christ has regarded my helpless estate and has shed his own blood for my soul. it is well with my soul.
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it is well. it is well with my soul. stand to your feet as we sing this great song of the church. it is well. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ billows
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roll ♪ ♪ whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say ♪ ♪ it is well it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ with my soul ♪ ♪ with my soul ♪ ♪ it is well it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ though satan should buffet though trials should come ♪
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♪ let this blest assurance control ♪ ♪ that christ hath regarded by helpless estate ♪ ♪ and hath shed his own blood for my soul ♪ ♪ it is well ♪ ♪ it is well ♪ ♪ with my soul ♪ ♪ with my soul ♪ ♪ it is well it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ my sin oh the bliss of this
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glorious thought ♪ ♪ my sin not in part but the whole ♪ ♪ is nailed to the cross and i bear it no more ♪ ♪ praise the lord praise the lord oh my soul ♪ ♪ it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ it is well it is well with my soul ♪
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♪ and lord haste the day when the faith shall be sight ♪ ♪ the clouds be rolled back as a scroll ♪ ♪ the trump shall resound and the lord shall descend ♪ ♪ even so it is well with my soul ♪ ♪ it is well it is well in my soul ♪ ♪ it is well ♪
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♪ it is well in my soul ♪ ♪ in my soul ♪ ♪ it is well it is well in my soul ♪ ♪ ♪ it is well it is well in my soul ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ to pray with us and with this family.
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god of our weary ears god of our silent tears, thou who has by the night led us into the light, keep us forever in thy path we pray. less our feet stray from the places our god where we met thee. to the great grand and supreme architect of the universe to the one and only true god, the eternal father and his son jesus christ and in the holy ghost we pray. we gathered this day symbolic of
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being bound before the throne of grace. it is this day that we bow our hearts beneath our knees and our knees in some lonesome valley. we have gathered for this home going celebration, like an empty pitcher to a full mountain. oh lord open up a window of heaven pour out thy blessings upon this awaiting congregation. neither far over the glory and hear our sincere prayers. lord have mercy upon our souls with the forgiveness of our sins. blessed our gathering on this day. ride by this morning, mount up on your milky white horse and ride to save us from our sins
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and create within us a clean heart. oh lord bless our president, the president of the united states of america, president barack and first lady. pin his ears to the wisdom post continue to make his words as sledgehammers of truth. put his eyes to the telescope of eternity and let him look upon the paper walls of time terpentine his imagination, fill him full of dynamite of power, anoint him all over with the all of salvation and let his tongue be less fire. bless our bishop and supervisor
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naraz and all of the bishops of zion and the visiting bishops. bless our congress our senate our governor our mayor, our elected officials and all clergy across the community and their spouses. and this bereaved family and the entire emanuel nine families. and now, oh lord when we have drunk or last cup of sorrow when we have been called everything but a child of god and when we are done traveling up the rough side of the mountain jesus, stand by us. we started down the steep and slippery steps of death and when your world begins to rot beneath our feet lower us to the dusty grave in peace to await for that
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morning, meet us jesus, that our souls would rest in peace. hallelujah. amen. amen. amen. ♪ ♪
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♪ ing at verse 18.
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to whom then liken god or what lightness can appear with him? a goldsmith overlayered with gold and as a gift one chooses wood that would not rot and then seek seek out to set up an image that would not topple. have you not known, have you not heard, has it not been told to you from the beginning, have you not understood from the foundation of the earth, it is he who sits above the circle of the earth and his inhabitants are like grasshopper who is stretches out to the heavens and spreads them like a tent to live in who brings princess to not and make the rulers of the earth as nothing. scarcely planted and scarcely
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sewn and this root in the earth when he blows upon them and they wither and carry them off like stubble. to whom then will you compare thee? who is my equal, says the holy one. lift up your eyes on the high and see. who created thee? who numbers them calling them all by name because he is great in strength mighty in power, not one is missing. why do you say oh jacob and speak oh israel, my way is hidden from the lord and my right is disregarded by my god. have you not known? have you not heard? the lord is the everlasting god. the creator of the ends of the earth. he does not fit or grow weary. his understanding is unsearchable. his powers give to the faint and
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string strengthen the powerless. but those who wait for the lord shall renew their strength. they shall soar like ekeagles, run and not walk. the word of god. >> amen. >> the reading of the episcopal will be lifted up at the 15 chapter reading in verse 50. now this i say flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of god. behold i tell you a mystery. we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed.
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in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised. we shall be changed for this corrupt must put up this corruption and this mortal must put on mortality and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the same that is ridden death has swallowed up in victory. oh death, where is your string? oh grave, where is your victory? the sting of death is sin and the strength of the sin of the law. but thanks be to god, who gives us the victory through our lord jesus christ? therefore my beloved bretheren, be moveable and always working in the lord knowing that your
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labor is not in vain in the lord. the word of god for the people of god. >> our gospel reading comes from the fourth gospel beginning with the 16th verse. for the god so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but will have forever life. whoever believes in him will not be condemned but whoever believes stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of god as the one and only son. this is the verdict. love has come into the world but men like darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil and everyone who does evil
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hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that its deeds will be exposed. but whoever live by the truth comes into the light so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through jesus the christ. amen. >> amen. and the people of god should say amen. >> amen. >> at this time it's our opportunity to present to this bereaved family and this entire gathering, the presiding seventh episcopal african episcopal church the reverend richard franklin norris. except for the family and the president, all others please rise and receive him. [ applause ]
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>> thank you. to all of the established protocol of this day, stretching across every segment of this nation and of our government i rise on behalf of the seventh episcopal african-american church to express my thanks and appreciation to each of you for your support, encouragement of the family during this time of sorrow and loss. we come not as those who have no hope but we come reassured that nothing separates us from the love of god. and, therefore, we press on to do those things which are
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acceptable in the sight of god. now, even a presiding bishop has sense enough to know not to block the way when the president is waiting to speak. i ask you to give me just about 40 seconds to say to you how grateful we are to each of you for what you have done and for what you continue to do. seeing that we are encompassed by a greater cloud of witnesses, i say to us let us run on run on and see what the end will be. for i am persuaded that god will bring everything into fruition and god will bless our going out and our coming in. i stand to say that the nine who lost their lives at bible study,
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i'm calling upon is the board of trustees of allen university to raise a memorial on the campus of that institution in memory of the nine who lost their lives i am persuaded that coming generations who will study on the campus of allen will be reminded of the importance of what happened during this period of time. i close by saying to you that we are convinced that south carolina rose to its greatest height during the last week. [ applause ]
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eat state that will excel the love and togetherness that exemplified itself as a result of the act that was perpetrated a few days ago. but i say that i can tell the world about this. i can tell the nation that i am blessed, tell them that the comforter has brought joy to our
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soul. i am told it is my responsibility to say that the president of the united states of america, the honorable barack obama will come at this time. [ applause ] ♪
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♪ god. the bible calls us to hope. to persevere and have faith in things not seen. they were still living by faith when they died. the scripture tells us. [ applause ]
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they did not receive the famous promise. they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. we are here today to remember a man of god who lived by faith. a man who believed in things not seen. a man who believed there were better days ahead off in the distance. a man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all of those things he was promised because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who
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followed. to jennifer his beloved wife to his beautiful, wonderful daughters, to the mother emanuel family and the people of charleston and the people of south carolina. i cannot claim to have had the good fortune to know reverend pinckney well. but i did have the pleasure of knowing him and meeting him here in south carolina back when we were both a little bit younger. back when i didn't have visible gray hair. the first thing i noticed was his graciousness his smile, his
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reassuring baritone all of the qualities that he carried a burden of expectation. friends remarked this week that when reverend clementa pinckney arrived in a room it was like the future arrived. that even from a young age, folks knew he was special. anointing. he was the proginy of a long line of preachers, who spread the word a family of protesters who evoked change to expand voting rights. clementa heard their instruction and did not foresake their teaching. he was in the pulpit by 13.
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pastor by 18. public servant by 23. he did not exhibit any of the cockiness of youth nor youth insecurities. instead, he set an example worthy of his position wise beyond his years. in his speech in his conduct, in his love faith and purity. as a senator, he represented a sprawling swatting of low country, a place that has long been one of the most neglected in america, a place still plagued by poverty and inadequate schools, a place where children can still go hungry and the sick can go
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without treatment. a place that needed somebody like clem. [ applause ] his position in the minority party meant the odds of winning more resources for his constituents were often long and called for greater equity were often unheeded. the votes he cast were sometimes lonely. but he never gave up. he stayed true to his convictions. he would not grow discouraged. after a full day at the capitol, he would climb in his car and head to the church to draw
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sustenance from his family from his ministry from the community that loved and needed him. there, he would fortify his faith and imagine what might be. reverend pinckney embodied a politics that was neither mean nor small. he conducted himself quietly and kindly and diligently. he encouraged progress not by pushing his ideas alone but by seeking out your ideas. partnering with you to make things happen. he was full of empathy and able to walk in somebody else's shoes and see through their eyes. no wonder one of the senate
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colleagues remembered senator pinckney as one of the most gentle of the 46 of us the best of the 46 of us. clem was often asked why he chose to be a pastor and a public servant but the person who asked probably didn't know the history of the ame church. as our brothers and sisters in the ame church know we don't make those distinctions. our calling, clem once said are not just within the walls of congregation but the life and community in which our congregation resides. [ applause ]
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he embodied the idea that our christian faith demands deeds and not just words, that the sweet hour of prayer actually lasts the whole week long. that to put our faith in action is more than just individual salvation, it's about our collective salvation. that to feed the hungry and cloth the naked and house the homeless is not just a call for isolated charity but the imperative of a just society. what a good man. sometimes i think that's the best thing to hope for when you're eulogized.
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after all the words and resuscitations and resumes are written, to just say somebody was a good man. [ applause ] you don't have to be of high station to be a good man. preaching by 13 pastor by 18 public servant by 23. what a life clementa pinckney lived. what an example he set. what a model for his faith. and then to lose him at 41 slain in his sanctuary with
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eight wonderful members of his flock. each at different stages of life but bound together by a common commitment to god. cynthia hurd, susie jackson, ethel lance, depayne middleton-doctor tywanza sanders, daniel l. simmons sharonda singleton, myra thompson. good people. decent people. god-fearing people. [ applause ] people so full of life and so
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full of kindness people who ran the race who persevered people of great faith. to the families of the fallen the nation shares in your grief. our pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in a church. the church is and always has been the center of african-american life. a place to call our own in a too often hostile world. a sanctuary from so many hardships. over the course of