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Michelle Obama Addresses LGBT Convention Participants in Charlotte

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

First Lady Michelle Obama fired up attendees at a packed HRC-Victory Fund luncheon in Charlotte today. Coming off of her strong speech at the convention last night, Obama made it clear why re-electing the President over Mitt Romney was so critical, particularly for the LGBT community: marriage equality, hate crime protections, open military service, and hospital visitation – just to name a few.

In her remarks, the First Lady reiterated a common theme heard in speeches last night: that equality for LGBT Americans is part of ensuring we live in a more just and stronger nation:

…as President, my husband has stood strong for the basic values of freedom, justice and equality that make this country great. And he always will.

Other attendees at the luncheon included HRC President Chad Griffin, Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe, National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis, and prominent mayors (and equality supporters) Antonio Villaraigosa and Cory Booker.

Earlier in the day, HRC hosted a packed panel discussion in the Google space, looking at the state of the fight for LGBT equality from varying perspectives. Tonight, some key allies – including Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren – will address the convention prior to former President Bill Clinton’s keynote.

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