Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Thursday and last night’s speakers set the bar high, with many referencing equality for LGBT Americans.
With perhaps one of the the most remarkable speeches ever delivered at a national convention, First Lady Michelle Obama had delegates in tears as she spoke of her husband, President Barack Obama, and the American dream. “Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love,” said the first lady. Appearing to fight back emotion, Mrs. Obama elaborated on her vision for moving america forward.
If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire… if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores… if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote… if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time… if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream… and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love… then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
First Lady Michelle Obama was but one of the speakers in an all-star lineup to directly address issues concerning LGBT Americans. Illinois Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth spoke of her personal experience as a wounded veteran and praised President Obama for “listening to commanders as we ended ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’” Similarly, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick lauded Obama’s leadership on the issue as “the president who ended ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ so that love of country, not love of another, determines fitness for military service.”
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro addressed the convention with a stirring speech about what it means to be American, inclusive of LGBT equality. “When it comes to letting people love who they love and marry who they want to marry,” he said, “Mitt Romney says no.” He electrified the crowd with a brilliant rejuvenation of our national ethos: “The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.”
Wednesday night, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and former President Bill Clinton will deliver highly-anticipated speeches in Charlotte. And as President Barack Obama takes the stage on Thursday, will he continue to lead as our nation’s most LGBT-inclusive president in history?
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