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Michelle Obama addresses gays at Human Rights Campaign Victory Fund luncheon

'We can’t take anything for granted because it’s all still on the line'

A day after her triumphant speech in front of delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama addressed LGBT attendees at the Human Rights Campaign/Victory Fund luncheon on Wednesday (5 September).

Said the US First Lady: 'Whether it’s passing hate crimes legislation or refusing to defend DOMA, whether it’s ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or ensuring 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.'

'We can’t take anything for granted because it’s all still on the line,' she added.

But Mrs. Obama used much her speech to rally the Democratic base for a fall presidential election between her husband and Republican nominee Mitt Romney - a contest that is in a virtual dead heat according to several polls.

'No one here can sit back and say, 'I can’t possibly have an impact in this election' because that is absolutely not true,' she said. 'Everyone here can really, truly make a difference.'

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