The right to free speech is equality. What offers more freedom then having the same rights as everyone else? Not based on how much a person is worth but the fact they are human?
Equality is Liberty, Liberty is freedom. Simple as that really.
As for being nothing without Liberty, VE LA REVOLUTION!
If everyone has liberty, then this question is moot, because people will have the ability to make their own decisions. Liberty breeds equality.
If the question is, "Should Equality be prioritized at the Expense of Liberty", then the answer is still, most emphatically, NO. Liberty is the essence of life, and it doesn't matter how level my standing is with my fellow man, without liberty I'm nothing.