Lewis Statement on Marriage Equality, (30 September 2004) Washington D.C.

The copy-text is the video recording of Representative Lewis’s speech from the House Floor Proceedings on September 30, 2004, in Washington, D.C.: https://www.c-span.org/video/?183721-1/house-session#
Representative Lewis begins speaking around 6:12:36. (=A)

A manuscript version of this speech is found in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives. See:  Lewis, John. “Lewis Statement on Marriage Equality,” Congressional Record, 108th Congress, 2nd sess., Volume 150, Number 121, from September 30, 2004, https://www.congress.gov/crec/2004/09/30/CREC-2004-09-30-pt1-PgH7898-2.pdf (=B)

The text presented in this unit has been closely transcribed from the video recording by Taylor Hourigan and proofed by Taylor Hourigan and Skye de Saint Felix (=A).

The paragraph structure is retained from the Congressional Record (=B) and paragraph numbers were added in brackets.

The editor chose to capitalize “Blacks” in paragraph 2, added punctuation to “protect us!” in paragraph 6, and included a small number of commas when Lewis paused in the video to make the transcript easier to follow.

We also made the following edit to the copy-text (=A) based on the wording of the transcript in the Congressional Record (=B). The video file was inaudible, so we used the Congressional Record to fill in the gap. The number corresponds to the speech paragraph where we made the edit:

6: “running around this building” B: inaudible A

This transcript has been proofread for accuracy.