In an attempt to convince Shirley Huntley to support marriage equality, Maya Angelou gave the New York Senator a call.
"I would ask every man and every woman who's had the blessing of having children, 'Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?' To love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?” Angelou asked the Senator.
Even though Huntley is a fan of Angelou's poetry, she was unmoved by the statement. “If they gave me a million dollars, tax free, I just wouldn’t vote for it,” she said. Can I just point out that taking money for the vote would actually be illegal? Having one of the greatest poets of all time asking you to reconsider… well, there are no laws against that.