State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood, Ohio) today released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting in Orlando this weekend that left 50 dead and 53 wounded:
“We stand in sorrow, sadness and solidarity concerning the loss and injury of friends and family in the horrific Orlando terror attack. We stand in certainty and solidarity against crimes of terrorism and crimes of hate.
“As a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, I know – we know – that it is important to remember that we are all citizens of the United States. Though we do not today enjoy full equality and rights under the law, I believe we must not let fear send us into the shadows. We must not let fear silence us.
“We must continue to work toward full citizenship for a more peaceful world for our children. We, as Americans, must stand together with resolve to support and protect the dignity and worth of all.”