We have a lot to celebrate today. And, while our work in HIV and AIDS is not over, we have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate shared responsibility by making smart transitions, identifying strong, strategic partnerships and leveraging new opportunities that will help countries further their goals and their own responses to their epidemics.
The road ahead will not be easy, but neither was the path we traveled together over the past decade. For the first time in history, an AIDS-free generation is within our sights - in Rwanda and across Africa. I know that we can get there. But it will take all of us, pulling together to make it happen.
The Court's decision to strike down the pledge provision should not come as a surprise. In fact, the Justice Department had initially recommended limiting the pledge requirement to foreign entities because they understood the provision to be vulnerable to First Amendment challenges from US-based organizations.