"2012 was an extraordinary year," he said. "We've begun 2013 with a remarkable and moving statement. The burst of progress has been sustained."
Big things are about to happen, he said, including the Supreme Court decisions.
He was confident the court would rule in favor of gay rights.
"The opposition is just melting away," Jones said about public opinion on homosexuality. "We have reached the hearts and minds of the American people."
There is, he said, no turning back the clock.
A nod to Stonewall
Segal was 18 when he left home in Philadelphia for New York. He moved there because he was gay and wanted to be in a more accepting environment.
It was a time when the American Psychiatric Association regarded homosexuality as a mental disorder. Some were subjected to lobotomies as cures. Being gay could result in a life sentence: 20 states had laws that deemed homosexuality a reason for imprisonment.
One June 28, 1969, one month after he arrived in the city, Segal found himself on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, the heart of the gay community.
It was illegal then for bars to serve alcohol to gay customers. It was illegal to be in drag, or for same-sex couples to dance together.