Elizabeth Edwards speaks
at San Francisco Gay Pride breakfast
By Laura Dudnick
June 24, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards received thunderous applause during a speech
in San Francisco today as part of Sunday's Gay Pride celebration.
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2008 presidential candidate former
U.S. Sen. John Edwards, advocated her husband's democratic campaign
and addressed issues pertaining to poverty, the U.S. involvement
in the Iraq war and lesbian and gay rights, among other topics.
As members of the audience held up John Edwards campaign posters,
Elizabeth Edwards conveyed her and her husband's beliefs regarding
one of the most important issues to many San Franciscans: the
rights of gay and lesbian American citizens.
"Everyone should have the same rights and benefits,"
Elizabeth Edwards said. "Same-sex couples should receive
the same treatment (as straight couples)."
On the subject of poverty in America, Elizabeth Edwards said
that she believed Congress had masked the issue in unjustifiable
"37 million people (in America) live in poverty, and 15
million in deep poverty," she said.
Elizabeth Edwards, who has been fighting breast cancer since
2004, also declared that the country's healthcare is "in
In addition, Elizabeth Edwards said she and John Edwards both
support stem cell research, deeming it an important part of the
country's progress toward curing many medical problems.
"We need a government driven by science and compassion,
not ideology," Elizabeth Edwards said.
"It's time to stand up. It's time to fight," she said
at the end of her speech.
Elizabeth Edwards' speech took place at the annual Alice B. Toklas
Pride Breakfast, hosted by the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Democratic Club, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel
at 9 a.m.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Assemblyman Mark
Leno, D-San Francisco, were among the opening speakers at the
Referring to Saturday and Sunday's Gay Pride celebration, Newsom
shared his belief that the "magic of San Francisco"
stems from the non-judgmental nature of the city.
"Today is an affirmation of what's good, and what's right,"
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Clad in leather pants that he jokingly referred to at one point
during his short speech, Leno used his time at the podium to thank
the audience for their support.
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