Quote by Jon Meacham
If a person is homosexual by nature - that is, if one's sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one's identity as gender or skin color - then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow.
This quote argues that if someone's homosexuality is an innate part of their identity, similar to their gender or skin color, then it is unfair for society to discriminate against them. It draws a parallel between denying rights and privileges to gay individuals based on their sexual orientation and the historical discrimination of Jim Crow laws. The quote suggests that denying gay individuals access to secular rights and religious sacraments solely due to their homosexuality is unjust and comparable to discriminatory practices of the past.