DNC: California Assembly Speaker Stumps for Marriage Equality, ENDA
BY Michelle Garcia
September 05 2012 6:14 PM ET
In his short Democratic convention speech Wednesday evening, gay California Assembly speaker John Pérez hit many major LGBT rights issues. Pérez's speech harped on the message that re-electing President Obama would be synonymous with fighting for more opportunities.
"In too many states, even some folks who have a job wake up every morning worrying that they may lose their job simply for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We fight for them," he said to applause. He later added, "He helped repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,' giving LGBT Americans the opportunity to openly and proudly serve our nation in uniform. And he's standing up for the right of those of us in LGBT community to say 'I do.'"
Pérez's remarks hit the broader points of the Democratic platform, including fighting for more affordable higher education, better job opportunities, reproductive rights, and immigrant rights.
The convention has included several gay and lesbian speakers delivering remarks from stage, including Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts will speak tomorrow during the convention's final night, and so will Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is running for a Senate seat there.
Watch the full speech below via CSPAN.
- Gay Teacher Fired After Obtaining Marriage License
- Don't Miss the Message in Rome's Beautiful Christmas Lights
- WATCH: Ellen and Portia Recreate Bound 2
- German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics
- Colo. Bakery's Refusal to Bake Gay Wedding Cake Is Discrimination, Judge Rules
- In the Galleries: Transformer
- World News German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics December 08 2013 3:16 PM
- Marriage Equality Gay Teacher Fired After Obtaining Marriage License December 08 2013 2:31 PM
- Comedy WATCH: Ellen and Portia Recreate Bound 2 December 08 2013 2:15 PM
- Music A Brief History of Macklemore's 'Same Love' December 08 2013 9:10 AM
- Transgender Gay, Trans Identities Don't Exist, Says Colo. School Board Member December 08 2013 7:00 AM
- World News PHOTOS: Don't Miss the Message in Rome's Beautiful New Lights December 08 2013 1:47 AM
- Travel Wedding Bells Ring Down Under December 07 2013 3:33 PM