The First Lady recently spoke at Jackson State University, addressing a crowd of 35,000 during a commencement speech. She spoke passionately denouncing the Mississippi “religious freedom law”. She wanted to see the students stand “side by side” with LGBT students.
Mrs. Obama said: “We see it right here in Mississippi – just two weeks ago – how swiftly progress can hurtle backward. How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.”
‘So we’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors – straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American – because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African Americans, it’s about all Americans,’ she said.
President Obama has already said that he thinks the Mississippi and North Carolina laws should be overturned. He said that while he sees both sides of the argument, discrimination should not be tolerated. “In part there are some strong emotions generated by people, some of whom are good people, but I just disagree with when it comes to respecting the equal rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation.”