CNN’s Donna Brazile repeatedly touched on LGBT equality during her speech Thursday night during the Dallas County Democratic Party’s sixth annual Jefferson Jackson dinner at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas.
Brazile spoke about her recent trip to North Carolina visiting black churches and college campuses to persuade voters to vote down Amendment One, the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions.
“I thought it was important to go and stand, to go and march, to go and raise my voice and lift up the voices of others,” she said. “That is what we all must do.”
Despite the amendment passing, she praised the recognition by President Barack Obama that gays and lesbians should be able to marry, saying we “are closer today” than we were four years ago in our fight for full equality.
“Thank you, president Obama, for speaking out for finally saying what we al; know, equal justice under the law, marriage equality is our goal that we will all see through,” she said to the audience of more than 200 people.
“When it comes to fulfilling the promise of America and comes to creating and sustaining a society in which all of us are equal, we’re not there yet,” she said.
Brazile highlighted the importance of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his part in civil rights before quoting Texas civil rights leader Barbara Jordan, quoting form Jordan’s 1976 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in New York that mentioned “equality for all, privileges for none.”
“She talked about our values. She talked about what she stood for,” Brazile said of Jordan’s advocacy for equal rights for everyone in America. “Her words are just as true and just as vital today as they were back then.”
Brazile also talked about the importance of keeping Obama in office given the past 26 months of continued job growth and the vital issues of healthcare and women’s rights, focusing on the Planned Parenthood controversy in Texas.
“[Republicans] have done everything short of waging a war on women and announcing a draft,” she said. “I’m surprised they haven’t sent Colin Powell to the UN with a bottle of estrogen.”
Reminding the audience that Texas Democrats can stir up the excitement for Obama in the solidly red state, she refused to accept that many people believe the Lone Star State is “never going to be in play for Democrats.”
“The only thing that’s going to be red in Texas come November are the faces of the Republicans,” she said.