Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love is love

Diane --

Every year on Valentine's Day I can't help but think back to my first date with Barack.

I had been reluctant to go out with him, but he was persistent, and I eventually said yes.

We took a walk through the gardens at the Art Institute in Chicago, saw "Do the Right Thing," and went out for ice cream (he was really trying to impress me).

It took some convincing, Diane, but I'm so glad I went on that date.

I simply cannot imagine my life without the unwavering love and support that has defined our marriage, and I'm so glad that we have finally achieved marriage equality, affirming, as Barack put it in his inaugural address, that "if we are truly created equal, then the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

But the fact is that too many people in the LGBT community still face harassment and discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.

That's unacceptable. It's simply not who we are as Americans.

OFA is one of the groups fighting for full equality for all Americans -- regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Add your name to say you'll join the fight.

I'm going to keep speaking out against discrimination because LGBT Americans deserve the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

I hope you'll stand with me and OFA in continuing this mission -- add your name today:

With love,

Michelle Obama

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