When the Democratic convention ended last week, it was the first time a major political party in the US was so open about LGBT equality. From the party platform, calling for same sex marriage, to the speakers, gay political freedom was embraced by the party.
The site Buzzfeed listed the most important words about LGBT rights the Democratic speakers said last week. In his 4 Sept. speech Los Angeles Mayor, and
President Barack Obama in his nomination acceptance speech noted how this election was a fight between those who supported marriage equality and whose who didn’t.
‘If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void — the lobbyists, the special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election, and those who are tying to make it harder for you to vote, Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry or control health care choices that women should be making for themselves. Only you can make sure that doesn’t happen. Only you have the power to move us forward.’
Outside of marriage, the speakers also pointed out that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ended approximately a year ago. Known as DADT, the military policy did not allow for open service.
‘Our president has made historic progress toward equality,’ said Rep. Tammy Baldwin. ‘He repealed "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" so that no American ever again has to lie about who they are in order to serve the country we love."
Baldwin is running to be a senator from the Midwestern state of Wisconsin. If she wins, she will be the first out LGBT member of the US Senate.