[Ed. Note — This piece was written by James Nichols and submitted via mobile post by editor Matt Comer]
First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to deliver a keynote address at 12:40 p.m. today during a luncheon sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the National Stonewall Democrats and Equality NC. Obama’s appearance will follow an impassioned speech delivered last night at the opening of the Democratic National Convention, highlighting the party’s 2012 platform and President Barack Obama’s commitment to “moving forward.”
Included in this year’s Democratic Party platform is a plank supporting marriage equality for LGBT individuals. Obama echoed this inclusion in her speech last night and solidified the party’s support for the LGBT community: “…[I]f 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.” Obama is expected to further discuss the inclusion of LGBT issues in the party’s platform at today’s luncheon.
According to the Victory Fund blog Gay Politics, other speakers at the event will include Wisconsin’s openly lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe, HRC President Chad Griffin, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Over 600 attendees are expected, including many of the record-breaking number of LGBT delegates.