Today, I want to thank all of you, truly, for playing a critical role in making that vision a reality. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the hard work of the people in this room and around the country. I want to thank you for doing everything that you do every single day to lift up our communities and move this country forward, and ensure that all Americans are treated fairly no matter who they are or who they love.
Whether it’s passing hate crimes legislation or refusing to defend DOMA; whether it’s ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” or ensuring that people can be at their loved one’s hospital bedside or speaking out for the rights of all Americans to be able to do what Barack and I did and marry the love of our lives, 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.
—First Lady Michelle Obama addressing the HRC luncheon at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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